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SOME FIGHTERS are particularly unnerving to face, and Britain's Georgina Singleton, European featherweight silver medallist, is undoubtedly one of them, writes Philip Nicksan from Cardiff.

Judo: Britain gain encouragement from silver medal successes

TWO silver medals yesterday at the European Judo championships added to what has been an uplifting tournament for the British women's team.

Judo: Singleton sets the trend

IT often happens in sport, when you start winning it soon becomes a habit. It is an infectious thing as the British team are finding at the European Championships here in Spain. Yesterday, the victories kept coming with four more British fighters easing through their first-round encounters.

Judo: Howey makes quick advance to semi-finals

KATE HOWEY put herself half-way along the road to winning the European title yesterday when she won her first two contests at the European Championships in Oviedo and reached the semi-finals.

Judo: Howey going for gold again

KATE HOWEY, the middleweight world champion, begins her eighth attempt to win the European title today in Oviedo, Spain. In previous campaigns, she has had to be content with two silver and four bronze medals.

Judo: Bryant underlines potential

THE Commonwealth Judo Championships - held every two years - used to be a whitewash for the home countries, but no longer. On Saturday, in the 16-nation tournament in Edinburgh, countries as unlikely as Mauritius and Fiji produced gold medallists as well as India, indicating the continuing growth of the sport world wide.

Judo: Britain draw medal blank

Britain had a dismal start to its international competitive year, drawing a complete blank after three days at the Tournoi de Paris. There was not even a sniff of a medal.

Judo: Howey just misses medal

Do not shake the hand of the world judo champion, Kate Howey. That is certainly the conclusion drawn by her French opponent in the opening round at the Tournoi de Paris yesterday. For in the initial exchange, Isabelle Beauruelle dislocated a finger and had to withdraw - after just four seconds.

Judo: Fairbrother gains rapid revenge

When Nicola Fairbrother fights, her eyes narrow and her face sets in a mode of grim determination and this was particularly true of the final at the British Judo Championships at the Cannock Leisure Centre yesterday.

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Judo: Dunkley stamps his entry with show of maturity

After four full days of the World Championships here in Paris, the British team did not manage to improve on the gold medal won by Kate Howey, but there cannot be disappointment. Yesterday the two seventh places from the bantamweights were hard-fought - from the oldest and the youngest member of the team.

Judo: Howey's way ahead

Philip Nicksan in Paris says a gold medal has given British judo a much-needed lift

Judo: Howey's gold puts Britain back on the map

Kate Howey won Britain's first gold medal at the World Championships in Paris yesterday by taking the women's middleweight section.

Judo: Heavyweight Douillet spearheads takeover by France

The mantle of world judo could be slipping away from Japan, the sport's founding country, and transferring to France - at least on the evidence of the first day of the World Championships in Paris yesterday. Of the four finals, two saw confrontations between the two countries, and on both occasions, France walked away with gold medals, as David Douillet and Christine Cicot snatched the laurels for the heavyweight categories.

Judo: Howey's last throw at her own weight

After 10 years at the top in international judo, Kate Howey still offers Britain's best hope of a medal at the World Championships, which begin in Paris today. Philip Nicksan assesses her chances.
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