Historic Tokyo bronze for Gibbons

Gibbons won Britain’s very first Olympic judo medal in 12 years at London 2012

Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons became the initial British lady to win a medal at the Tokyo Grand Slam, securing bronze in the season-ending occasion.

The 28-year-old beat Japan’s Ruika Sato in the -78kg fight, winning thanks to a waza-ari in the final 48 seconds.

It was Gibbons’ third bronze medal on the Asian Grand Prix tour.

“I have often dreamt of getting a Tokyo Grand Slam medal and I accomplished that,” she said. “It’s wonderful to have won a medal at all three tournaments.”