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Commonwealth Games: Lisa Kearney wins first medal for Northern Ireland

By Claire Cromie

Team Northern Ireland has its first 2014 Commonwealth Games medal - as Lisa Kearney wins Bronze in judo's -52kg class.

The Belfast judoka, who fights out of Edinburgh, beat Canada's Audree Francis-Methot.

Scotland's Louise Renicks has lifted the gold medal with victory over Kelly Edwards in the under-52kgs final, with the English fighter disqualified after collecting four penalties.

Both women were cautioned by the referee for various infringements, which now include leaving the yellow combat zone.

There were just three seconds left of regulation time when Edwards picked up a fourth shido, for a false attack, handing gold to the Scot.

Kalpana Thoudam of India took the other bronze, defeating Mauritius judoka Christianne Blegentil.

West Belfast ace Kearney was Ireland's first female judo representative at the 2012 Olympics.

She has shot up almost 20 places in the world rankings this year.

Further reading:

Who are Northern Ireland's medal hopefuls at the Commonweath Games?

Commonwealth Games opening ceremony - Irn Bru, teacakes and the Lough Ness Monster welcome the world to Glasgow 2014


The stage is set for Northern Ireland 

Commonwealth Games: Ulster duo hope to score for England 

Commonwealth Games - You'll do us proud... and medals will be a bonus 

David Calvert still aiming to be best in the business 

First Minister's tribute to team

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