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The New Zealand judo team continued its great run of medal-winning performances by producing two more bronzes today.

Tim Slyfield and Jason Koster won their bronze medal bouts, which lifted the judo contingents medal haul from Glasgow to five two silvers and three bronzes.

In the under-100kg division Tim Slyfield scored a hard-fought win over Welshman Rusian Rancev, courtesy of a yuko, but lost his second match to Pakistani Shah Hussain Shah.  Slyfield bounced back strongly in his bronze medal match against Sahil Pathania, a powerful Indian. It was tough going until 2min 38s into the contest Slyfield threw the Indian to score an ippon and seal the bronze.

Also in the under-100kg section, Jason Koster won his first bout over Pathania, but then ran into Scottish hero and team flagbearer - Euan Burton. The pair were initially well-matched, but Burton was pinned after two minutes and struggled after that. Koster sealed another bronze for New Zealand by battling to a victory on a penalty countback over Australian Duke Didier.

Sam Rosser began impressively in the over-100kg division, comprehensively beating Parikshit Kumar of India. Rosser looked to be dominating Scot Christopher Sherrington in their semi-final, but after 1min 31s the Scot threw Sherrington to win by an ippon. Rosser lost to Mark Shaw of Wales in his bronze medal match.

In the under-90kg division Ryan Dill-Russell was a decisive quarter-final victor over Jeewantha Wickramage of Sri Lanka, but in his semi-final came unstuck against South African Zack Piontek, after just under two minutes. In his bronze medal bout, he was beaten by Englishman Gary Hall.


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