An evening with an Olympian TONIGHT (Wednesday)

Olympic medallist Karina Bryant is in Harborough tonight.
Olympic medallist Karina Bryant is in Harborough tonight.

Olympic bronze medallist Karina Bryant is making a special appearance at Harborough Leisure Centre tonight (Wednesday).

The GB athlete will tell the truly inspirational story of her journey to London 2012 and how she finally won that elusive judo heavyweight medal.

Marianne Boyle, Sport & Health Development Officer at Harborough District Council, said: “The event is completely free so if you would like to take the opportunity to meet one of our great Olympians of 2012, hear her speak and maybe even hold an Olympic medal, get down to Harborough Leisure Centre from 5.30pm.

“Karina will be telling her story from 6pm-6.30pm and you will also have the chance to ask her questions about her journey.”

The London-born Karina has represented Britain at four successive Olympics, is a seven-time medallist at the European Judo Championships and World Judo Championships and has been European Champion on four occasions.

Her play-off for bout the bronze medal against Iryna Kindzerska from Ukraine was a nail-biting affair.

After initially going down by a waza-ari, she responded with one of her own. Then opponent scored a yuko on Karina, but Bryant took another waza-ari, which combined with the first gave her an ippon. It was the second medal of the Games for a British competitor in the judo contests after Gemma Gibbons had won a silver a day earlier, something Bryant said had inspired her to go on and get a medal of her own.

She dedicated her medal to the rest of the British judo squad. Following her victory, Bryant stated that she had not yet ruled out competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, which would be her fifth Olympic Games.

Story by Alex Blackwell

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