2011 London International Judo Invitational

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Hugo Pessanha (BRA) (in white) tries to throw Kamil Magomedov (RUS) (in blue) on his way to winning the men's -90kg final at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Hugo Pessanha (BRA) (in white) tries to throw Kamil Magomedov (RUS) (in blue) on his way to winning the men's -90kg final at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

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3rd and 4th December 2011 – London, Great Britain

Only Shirley Elliot of France could stop a Brazilian clean sweep of the gold medals at the London International Invitational Judo tournament that also served as the sports test event ahead of next years Olympic Games.

A win for Bruno Mendonca in the under 73kg category on the Saturday was followed by victories for Hugo Pessanha in the men’s under 90kg category and, Maria Portela in the women’s under 70kg category on the Sunday.

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Maria Portela (BRA) (in white) throws  Sally Conway (GBR) (in blue) to win the women's -70kg final at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Maria Portela (BRA) (in white) throws Sally Conway (GBR) (in blue) to win the women's -70kg final at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

Russia’s Kamil Magomedov had earlier brushed aside the challenge of Britain’s Matthew Pursey but found Pessanha to strong in the final. Sally Conway’s win by ippon over Germany’s Laura Vargas Koch in the final seconds of their Golden Score round put the Briton through to the final but like Magomedov she found her Brazilian opponent to strong.

Men’s -90kg

Gold Hugo Pessanha (BRA)
Silver Kamil Magomedov (RUS)
Bronze Matthew Purssey (GBR)
Bronze Norihide Yamamoto (JPN)

Men’s -73kg

Gold Bruno Mendonca (BRA)
Silver Hasan Vanlioglu (TUR)
Bronze David Dubsky (CZE)
Bronze Gesualdo Scollo (ITA)

Women’s -70kg

Gold Maria Portela (BRA)
Silver Sally Conway (GBR)
Bronze Clarisse Habricot (FRA)
Bronze Yuko Imai (JPN)

Women’s -57kg

Gold Shirley Elliot (FRA)
Silver Nozomi Hirai (JPN)
Bronze Sophie Cox (GBR)
Bronze Nora Gjakova (ALB)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Karine Berger (FRA) (in blue, on left) recovers after being beaten by Maria Portela (BRA) (in white, on right) during the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Karine Berger (FRA) (in blue, on left) recovers after being beaten by Maria Portela (BRA) (in white, on right) during the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sally Conway (GBR) (in white) tries to throw Laura Vargas Koch (GER) (in blue) during their semi final contest at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sally Conway (GBR) (in white) tries to throw Laura Vargas Koch (GER) (in blue) during their semi final contest at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sally Conway (GBR) (in white, bottom of frame) wins by Ippon in the final few seconds of the Golden Score round of her semi final contest against Laura Vargas Koch (GER) (in blue) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sally Conway (GBR) (in white, bottom of frame) wins by Ippon in the final few seconds of the Golden Score round of her semi final contest against Laura Vargas Koch (GER) (in blue) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sally Conway (GBR) (top, in white) celebrates winning by Ippon in the final few seconds of the Golden Score round of her semi final contest against Laura Vargas Koch (GER) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sally Conway (GBR) (top, in white) celebrates winning by Ippon in the final few seconds of the Golden Score round of her semi final contest against Laura Vargas Koch (GER) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sally Conway (GBR) celebrates winning by Ippon in the final few seconds of the Golden Score round of her semi final contest against Laura Vargas Koch (GER) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Sally Conway (GBR) celebrates winning by Ippon in the final few seconds of the Golden Score round of her semi final contest against Laura Vargas Koch (GER) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Laura Vargas Koch (GER) (in blue) glances towards the clock during her semi final contest with Sally Conway (GBR) (in white) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Laura Vargas Koch (GER) (in blue) glances towards the clock during her semi final contest with Sally Conway (GBR) (in white) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Megan Fletcher (GBR) (second from left, in white) waits for her repechage contest against Clarisse Habricot (FRA) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Megan Fletcher (GBR) (second from left, in white) waits for her repechage contest against Clarisse Habricot (FRA) at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Hugo Pessanha (BRA) (in white) tries to throw Kamil Magomedov (RUS) (in blue) on his way to winning the men's -90kg final at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Hugo Pessanha (BRA) (in white) tries to throw Kamil Magomedov (RUS) (in blue) on his way to winning the men's -90kg final at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain (PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Matthew Purssey (GBR) (in white, on left) battles with Joakim Dvarby (SWE) during their match at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Matthew Purssey (GBR) (in white, on left) battles with Joakim Dvarby (SWE) during their match at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - David Ruiz-Zajac (ESP) (in white) tries to throw Matthew Purssey (GBR) (in blue) during the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - David Ruiz-Zajac (ESP) (in white) tries to throw Matthew Purssey (GBR) (in blue) during the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Matthew Purssey (GBR) (left in white) throws Joakim Dvarby (in blue, on right) during their match at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2011 NIGEL FARROW)

04 DEC 2011 - LONDON, GBR - Matthew Purssey (GBR) (left in white) throws Joakim Dvarby (in blue, on right) during their match at the London International Judo Invitational and 2012 Olympic Games test event at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London, Great Britain .(PHOTO (C) NIGEL FARROW)

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