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England Tops Day One Of Judo while Renicks Sisters Record Scotland's First Gold Medals

 

England took the golden haul on the first day of judo at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while the host nation has a pair of sisters to thank for its first golds of the Games.

Kimberley Renicks (SCO) won gold in the women's 48kg at the SECC on Thursday and two gold medal matches later, her sister Louise Renicks (SCO) added a second in the women's 52kg.

The Scottish triumph is bested only by England, which secured the other three gold medal matches.

Women’s 48kg

The crowd at the SECC went wild when Kimberley Renicks scored a match-ending ippon throw on Shushila Likmabam(IND) at one minute 24 seconds into the match. Renicks was dominant in all of her matches, ending them early by scoring an ippon on her opponents.

LIKMABAM won silver, while bronze went to teammates Amy Meyer (AUS) and Chloe Rayner(AUS). Meyer made her way into the bronze medal match via the repechage while RAYNER lost her semi-final match and went directly into the fight for bronze.

Men’s 60kg

Ashley McKenzie (ENG) won gold in the first men’s judo event of the Games despite a call reversal that went against him in the championship match.

With one minute 19 seconds left, McKenzie scored what was initially called an ippon on Navjot Chana (IND). But after a judges delay of nearly two minutes, in which supporters of Navjot loudly appealed the score from the stands, the call was reversed to waza-ari.

Still, that score by McKenzie was enough for him to win the match as he was awarded one yuko and one waza-ari on penalties accrued by Chana as the match ended after a full five minutes.

Chana won silver, and Razak Abugiri(GHA) and John Buchanan (SCO) won bronze in their separate matches.

Women’s 52kg

Louise Renicks (SCO) won gold after a match that ended in a series of penalty calls and resulted in her competitor’s disqualification.

After an even and aggressive match, Louise Renicks picked up her third penalty with just under 20 seconds to go in the bout. That left her and her competitor, Kelly EDWARDS (ENG), tied at three penalties each and with no other scores.

But with just three seconds remaining, Edwards picked up a fatal fourth penalty, which ended the match in disqualification.

Edwards won silver, and Lisa Kearney (NIR) and Kalpana Thoudam (IND) won bronze.

Men’s 66kg

Colin Oates (ENG) lived up to his seventh place world ranking by winning gold in his weight class.

Oates secured a lock on Andreas Krassas(CYP) when the pair went to ground midway through the match. Krassas quickly tapped out of Oates' grasp, ending the match at two minutes 34 seconds into the bout.

Krassas won silver, and Siyabulela Mabulu (RSA) and James Millar (SCO) won bronze.

Women’s 57kg

Nekoda Davis (ENG) won gold in a strong performance, and in the process kept the Scottish women from sweeping the opening day of women’s events.

Davis defeated Stephanie IInglis (SCO) when the Englishwoman conducted a throw and followed it up with a sustained pin hold to score two waza-ari in a row. The combo added up to an ippon, which ended the match at 2 minutes, 33 seconds.

Inglis won Silver, and Darcina Manuel (NZL) and Connie Ramsay (SCO) won Bronze.


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