The 22-year-old journalist from Surrey was always confident and in control. In the quarter-final, against Maria Pekji, of Hungary, Fairbrother used her groundwork ability, turning her opponent quite easily into a hold she has been using since she was a junior at Pinewood Judo Club. It was enough to win the match. She now meets Zulfya Guseinova, of Azerbaijan, in the semi- final.
The bantamweight Nigel Donohue and the featherweight Jean-Paul Bell also both went through to tomorrow's semi- finals.
Bell distinguished himself in his first senior European Championships. Though the scoreline shows he won his first two matches on penalties, neither match was negative and, in his quarter-final, he threw Tommy Mortensen, of Denmark, with a decisive ouchi-gari (major inner reap).