Sally Conway reaches last 16 in -70kg category of judo at London 2012 Olympics

Sally Conway (blue gi) in action against Edith Bosch

Sally Conway (blue gi) in action against Edith Bosch

First published in Thornbury Sport

NO SOONER had the dust settled on her London 2012 adventure, Thornbury judoka Sally Conway was targeting an Olympic medal in four years time.
The 25-year-old took to the ExCeL mat yesterday looking to turn Great Britain's judo fortunes around after disappointing exits from a raft of Conway's compatriots that had gone before her - leaving team chief Densign White to be critical of the squad.
And things looked good for Conway early on, storming into the final 16 of the -70kg with victory over Chad's Carine Ngarlemdana.
However, that was where her journey ended, losing to Dutch European, world and Olympic medallist Edith Bosch.
But after getting her first taste of Olympic action, Conway admits that her capital adventure has left her hungry for more.
"I always knew it was going to be a tough fight as she has been a world champion and has won an Olympic silver medal," she said.
"I have fought her a few times before and have been getting closer and closer so I thought it was do-able.
"I came here to win and I haven't done that so I am disappointed.
"I went out with a game plan and I felt like I stuck to it, but just one little tiny mistake cost me the fight and to come back against a top fighter like that is hard. I tried my best but it just wasn't enough.
"But I take everything I do as an experience and I just go out there to do the best I can do and fight the best I can fight and just concentrate on the performances as I go along.
"But I definitely want that gold in Rio now. I will keep working hard and keep doing all the little things in between but come Rio I will be there looking for gold."
Conway's exit on Wednesday was coupled with Winston Gordon crashing out at the same stage on another disappointing day at the ExCeL for the host nation's judo contingent.
But despite this the home crowd were in full voice in support of Conway, something she hopes lasts for her team-mates too.
"The crowd has been amazing and I couldn't have asked for anything more, it was really special," she added.
"I just really hope they get behind the rest of the team as they are still some good British athletes still to fight and the support really does help and hopefully something good will come out of it."
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