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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Bryant delighted with bronze and hasn’t ruled out a return in four years time.
GB’s latest judoka medallist Karina Bryant believes the success of team-mate Gemma Gibbons inspired her to Olympic bronze in the over-78kg event yesterday.
After making her way through to the bronze medal contest against Ukraninan Iryna Kindzerska, the 33-year-old went on to seal success despite falling behind.
But the triumph of Gibbons on Thursday gave her a vital boost going into yesterday’s events.
“She was a complete underdog, it made me so emotional I was definitely inspired but also a little nervous,” said the Kingston-upon-Thames judoka.
And she hasn’t ruled it out a return in four years time, though Bryant believes she felt relieved to finally pick up a medal after returning empty handed from her previous three.
“It’ very emotional, it’s my fourth Games and I just wanted to go out there and do myself proud. I feel like I’ve done myself justice,” she added.
“I’m not sure this will definitely be my last Games. I really felt I had unfinished business and now I have this medal.”