She dispatched two of her opponents with strangles - the most arcane area of judo. Ioana Dinea, of Romania, thought she could drop into a defensive crouch and be safe until Allan slipped her into a stranglehold. Then, after throwing Kitaya Gasinova, of Azerbaijan, Allan returned to her lethal strangle techniques against Switzerland's Isabel Schmutz in the third round. The victory put her into today's semi-final against Raffaella Imbriani of Germany.
Graeme Randall, the light middleweight, and heavyweight Simone Callendar, fighting in the open-weight category, also secured places in the semi- finals on Sunday. The lightweight Nicola Fairbrother, who only lost to the world champion Isabel Fernandez, and featherweight David Somerville will return on Sunday to the repechage in pursuit of a bronze medal.Reuse content