Scotland challenging for four golds in judo finals

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Scotland had another great morning at the judo and will go for four golds in tonight’s finals.

Euan Burton. Picture: Neil Hanna

Euan Burton, Team Scotland’s flag-bearer, led the way again by battling through to the final of the -100kg category.

In his semi he forced New Zealand’s Jason Koster to submit, sparking thunderous roars from the packed crowd.

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Afterwards Burton said “It’s only a job half-done. Nothing’s won yet, nothing’s in the bag. I made a bit hard work of some of the fights this morning, and I need to make sure I up my game and bring it home.

“It’s fantastic that Gemma has got through too. I’ve not managed to see all her fights but she will have a tough fight in the final against a [world-ranked] top-16 opponent. We’ll go and have a chat about it now.”

Sarah Adlington, who received a bye to the semi-finals of the women’s -78kg, won her contest against Esther Ratugi when the Kenyan got four shidos - yellow cards.

An ippon throw won Chris Sherrington his semi against Tim Slyfield of New Zealand.

Matthew Purssey made the -90kg final, holding down Australia’s Mark Anthony at the end of their contest for a waza-ari win.

Andrew Burns booked a place in the bronze medal contest at -90kg after a win at repechage.

And Burton’s wife Gemma Gibbons who fights for England is also looking forward to a final. She’ll go in the women’s -78kg category a few minutes before her husband.