Marti Malloy Takes Silver at European Cup

By Ernest Pund | June 24, 2012, 5 a.m. (ET)

Marti Malloy Takes Silver At European Cup

Prague, Czech - Demonstrating beyond doubt that she’s back from injuries that had her sidelined since February, U.S. Olympic Team Member Marti Malloy scored a silver medal at one of the last opportunities for elite competition before the Olympics commence this summer in London.

Malloy, 57 kg (USA Judo Training Site, San Jose State University, CA), went 3-1 at the European Cup in Prague today, defeating two fighters who she could easily face across the Olympic mats, including Irina Zabludina of Russia and Sabrina Filzmoser of Austria. Filzmozer was ranked No. 6 above Malloy at the closing of Olympic qualifications for judo at the end of April. Zabludina was ranked 14th among athletes who qualified. Malloy was ranked No. 10.

In the final match Mally was up by a wazari against German Johanna Mueller when Malloy attempted a sweep that referees ruled a Hansokumake, or penalty for ippon, losing the match.

Nevertheless, What Malloy came to Prague for, she got – a chance to build her confidence against some of the best female fighters in the world and to prove that her shoulder can easily handle the competition she will face in London at the Olympics, said U.S. Olympic Judo Coach Jimmy Pedro.

Fighting tomorrow, Sunday, in Prague, will be U.S. Olympic Team Members Kayla Harrison, 78 kg. (Team FORCE, Wakefield, Mass.), Travis Stevens, 81 kg. (TeamFORCE, Wakefield, Mass.) and Kyle Vashkulat, 100 kg (Jason Morris Judo, Glenville, N.Y.). Go to EUROPEAN CUP for brackets and live updates.