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Hosts performing well in judo


The third day of the judo began in much the same way as the second day ended, with England picking up a gold medal.

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Simone Callender (ENG) won all four of her pool fights in the Womenís over-78kg category to head the group, while Angharad Sweet (WAL) and Stephanie Hart (SCO) took silver and bronze respectively.

The Womenís over-78kg category was the only medal event of the first session.

In the Womenís 70kg competition, Englandís Samantha Lowe will face British Open bronze medallist Amanda Costello (SCO) at the semi-final stage after easing past Claire Rainey (NIR).

The other semi-final will be between Catherine Arlove (AUS) and the highly-rated Canadian judoka Catherine Roberge.

There was a surprise in the Womenís 78kg, where Lindsey Sorrell (SCO) failed to get past the first round, going out to Walesí Jo Melen. Sorrell gets another chance in the repechage on Thursday evening.

The menís events went pretty much to form, with 100kg favourite Nicolas Gill (CAN) encountering few problems on his way to a semi-final showdown with Antoni Felicite (MRI).

Australia continued their good showing at Manchester 2002, with Martin Kelly reaching the last four where he will face Sam Delahay (ENG).

The four medallists in the Menís over-100kg have already been decided, with Nacanieli Qerewaqa (FIJ), Englandís Daniel Sargent, Daniel Rusitovic of Australia and Emeka Onyemachi (NGR) fighting off in the semi-finals to decide the placings.

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