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Judo players progress to semis


The English and Scottish teams have strong representation.

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English players Lee Burbridge (73kg), Thomas Cousins (81kg), Winston Gordon (90kg) and Sophie Cox (57kg) won their quarter-final fights by Ippon, as did Karen Roberts (63kg) in both her pool bouts.

All look strong favourites to reach their finals on the evening of Wednesday 31 July.

Team Scotland also looked convincing in the early bouts and could have significant representation in the gold medal fights as well.

English menís captain Gordon will face Cameroon's Rostan Melaping with the victor taking on the winner of Steven Vidler of Scotland against Canada's Keith Morgan.

The 1999 World champion from Scotland, Graeme Randall (81kg), takes on kiwi Tim Slyfield in the semis and, if successful, will fight the winner of the bout between Luke Preston and Thomas Cousins.

If Burbridge can overpower Australia's Tom Hill in the 73kg category, he is likely to meet Lee McGrorty, but only if the Scot can get past Christodoulos Christodoulides of Cyprus, who has looked impressive in his two fights so far, winning both by Ippon.

In the womenís 57kg competition, Cox will compete with Scot Jenni Brien for a place in the final against either Canadian Luc Baillargeon or Olympic bronze medallist Maria Pekli of Australia.

If Roberts is to fight Scottish opposition in the 63kg category, she will have to win her bout against Nigerian Bilkisu Yusuf to progress to the final, while Scotland's Sarah Clark will have to beat Claire Scourfield of Wales.

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