Karen Roberts

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Karen Ann Roberts (born 26 October 1976 in Reading, England) is a former British judoka. She was World Championship bronze medallist in 1999 and European Championship silver medallist in 2002.

Sports career

Karen Roberts was second in the Commonwealth Championships in 1992, Junior World Champion and third in the Junior European Championships in the weight category up to 56 kilograms. From 1994 the 1.69 m tall Roberts fought in the middleweight, the weight class to 66 kilograms. In 1994 she became European junior champion.

After reorganization of the weight classes, Karen Roberts competed at half-middleweight, the weight class up to 63 kilograms, from 1998. At the 1998 European Championships, she was eliminated in her opening bout against Portugal’s Andreia Cavalleri.[1] In 1999, she reached the finals at the Summer Universiade and won the silver medal. At the World Championships in Birmingham, she lost in the round of 16 to Sara Álvarez of Spain. In the hope round, Roberts won three bouts to reach the bronze medal match, which she won against Hungary’s Eszter Csizmadia. At the 2000 European Championships, Roberts lost in the quarterfinals to Gella Vandecaveye of Belgium and was then eliminated in the hope round.[1] She also lost in the quarterfinals at the Sydney Olympics, this time to Germany’s Anja von Rekowski, and was then eliminated in her first bout in the hope round.[2] At the end of 2000 Roberts was second at the World Student Championships.

In 2001, Roberts was eliminated in the round of 16 against Sara Álvarez at both the European Championships and the World Championships.[1] At the 2002 European Championships in Maribor, Karen Roberts defeated Urška Žolnir of Slovenia in the semifinals and lost to Lucie Décosse of France in the final. Two and a half months later the Commonwealth Games 2002 took place in Manchester. Karen Roberts defeated Sarah Clark from Scotland in the final.[3] In 2003 at the European Championships in Düsseldorf, Roberts lost to Sara Álvarez in the semi-finals and lost the bronze medal match to Italy’s Ylenia Scapin. After losing to Gella Vandecaveye in the round of 16 at the 2003 World Championships, Roberts also failed to finish among the top eight fighters at the 2004 European Championships in Bucharest.[1] At the Olympic Games 2004 Sarah Clark represented the United Kingdom.

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