25th July 2014

Judokas Lead Scottish Gold Rush

Scotland’s Judokas picked up 6 medals on the first day of competition at the SECC, including an historic double-gold for the Renicks sisters.

Kimberley Renicks won Scotland’s first Gold medal of the Games in the -48kg category with a stunning Ippon, which sent the packed crowd into raptures.

Reflecting on her medal Kimberley said: “It’s just incredible to be here as Scotland’s first Gold medalist. Out of 310 athletes for it to be me is an amazing feeling, I’m so proud. I’ve been nervous all day but the crowd in here really lifts you. They’ve been fantastic.”

Fans didn’t have to wait long for a second medal, with John Buchanan (-60kg) taking Bronze before Louise Renicks replicated her sister’s gold medal winning feat.

“It feels brilliant to follow Kimberley, I just want to give her a hug”, said Louise. “Seeing her win didn’t distract me. I did what I had to do, watched her win and then got on with my preparation. It was a tactical match, we both know each other so well, but I’m delighted to come out on top.”

The medals continued rolling in with James Millar (-66kg) and Connie Ramsay (-57kg) winning Bronze, before Steph Inglis took Silver in the -57kg category.

Steph said: “I definitely knew a medal was in my grasp so it was always in my head to get into the final and go for the Gold medal, but there will be other Games. Today was fantastic and it was only the start. We’re going to see some more medals over the next few days.”

Judo continues at the SECC today and concludes on Saturday.

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