Howell (GBR) who fought past Polleres (AUT) for a coveted place on the medal podium. Wolverhampton Judo Club product Howell controlled the contest and won by a waza-ari score to win her first Grand Slam medal.
“I’m over the moon really,” Gemma told IJF Media in the Mixed Zone. “I’ve been trying to get a Grand Slam medal for years now. I’m really happy finally pocketing one.”
Currently, 30th on the World Ranking, grabbing the Grand Slam hardware will definitely boost her qualification.
“I was troubled by two injuries in the qualification time, so I was slipping down the World Ranking. This will jump me again for sure,” ends a happy Howell.