THORNBURY'S Sally Conway has won Great Britain's first medal at the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, claiming bronze in the -70kg category.

Conway was dominant from the start scoring a waza-ari early in the contest, only for Austria's Michaela Polleres to even the score. However, this did not faze Conway as she threw her opponent for ippon to win the match and claim her first World Championship medal.

Upon winning bronze Conway said: "I just wanted to turn up today and give my best fight and performance. I’m happy I was able to do this and produce a medal at my 8th World Championships."

Senior performance head coach, Kate Howey MBE said: "Sally put in a hard and gritty performance today, winning all her fights with throws which shows after all the experience she has, she is still making improvements and she didn’t win any fight in ne-waza. I’m really pleased for her to get a medal and complete the set of World, Olympic and European medals."

The bronze means Conway has now won a medal at all major championships, having already made Olympic, European and Commonwealth podiums.