Tokyo Olympics: Chelsie Giles wins Team GB’s first medal with judo bronze

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Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Judoka Chelsie Giles claimed Great Britain’s first medal of the Tokyo Olympics with bronze in the women’s -52kg event.

The 24-year-old from Coventry beat Switzerland’s Fabienne Kocher by ippon.

An early scoring waza-ari gave Giles the advantage and she showed the greater composure to secure success.

“It feels so special to do it in Japan. I believed I could do it, my coach has always believed I could and it showed in today’s performance,” she said.

“I felt really good in the warm-up, and I was taking each fight as it came. It’s an amazing arena and the atmosphere was amazing. To do it where Japan started it, it makes it extra special.

“I never underestimate any of my fights, that’s where mistakes are made. I go into the fight knowing what they do, and knowing what I’m capable of doing. With my best performance, I know I can beat some of the top players and today showed that.”

Giles had lost to eventual gold medallist Japan’s Uta Abe in the quarter-finals, but beat Charline van Snick of Belgium in the repechage to give herself a medal chance.

It follows the bronze medal won in the sport by Sally Conway at Rio 2016 and the silver and bronze which Gemma Gibbons and Karina Bryant picked up at London 2012.

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