Commonwealth Games: Sarah Clark wins judo gold in the under-63kg division

Last Updated: 25/07/14 8:03pm

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Sarah Clark of Scotland celebrates winning gold at the Commonwealth Games

Sarah Clark of Scotland celebrates winning gold at the Commonwealth Games

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Sarah Clark won Commonwealth Games judo gold for Scotland in the under-63kg division when she beat Helene Wezeu Dombeu of Cameroon.

The 36-year-old Clark - a former European champion who won silver when judo was last in the Commonwealth Games at Manchester 2002 - showed no mercy at the SECC venue.

She quickly delivered victory with an armlock submission to claim a third judo gold for Scotland following the Renicks sisters' success on Thursday.

"All day has been pretty nervous, and on the back of what happened yesterday, with all the medals Scotland won in the judo, I guess there is that added pressure," Clark said.

"There were moments when I thought my body was not going to make it, even though you want to, and bits are falling off.

"They changed the rules recently, and that affected my judo, which put doubts in my head, but as I started getting fitter again, I made the decision I was going to compete, and if I was going to compete, then I was going to be as fit as possible, today I could not have felt better."

English success

England teenager Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown secured a bronze medal behind Clark when she beat Canadian Beatrice Valois Fortier, the defeated semi-finalist, with a 25-second hold-down ippon score.

Essex judoka Faith Pitman quickly followed suit in the other bronze medal contest after a waza-ari throw beat Australian Katharina Haecker.

Danny Williams then won gold for England in the men's under-73kg when he defeated New Zealander Adrian Leat.

The 25-year-old Camberley fighter was only called up in the week before competition started in Glasgow following injury to Ben Fletcher.

Williams, a London 2012 Olympian, recorded an early Waza-ari score to take control of the contest and showed good composure to see out the biggest victory of his career so far.

England then added another gold medal to that success as Megan Fletcher pinned down Moira de Villiers of New Zealand to win gold in the women's under-70kg category.

Owen Livesey completed England's golden haul when he edged out Team Bath fighter Tom Reed on penalties in the final of the men's under-81kg.

Elsewhere on the second day of competition in Glasgow, Wales added to their medal tally as Elena Allen took silver in the women's skeet shooting while Francesca Jones and Laura Halford won silver and bronze respectively in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around.

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