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Gibbons back in the groove

Gemma Gibbons returned to the international circuit with a victory in the women's under 78kg category at the Dusseldorf Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old, making her first international appearance since winning silver at the London Games, defeated Japan's Ruika Sato in the final for her first IJF World Tour win.

Gibbons saw off Germany's Julia Tillmann, Slovenia's Annemarie Velensek and Marhinde Verkerk on her way to the final, where she took an early lead by waza-ari and yuko before throwing Sato for ippon by uchi mata 12 seconds from the end.