ST HELENS judoka Lucy Renshall recorded her career-best finish at the IJF World Masters in finishing 7th in Jerusalem.

Following an opening-round bye, Renshall made light work of her Round 2 63KG contest against Czech Renata Zachova.

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Renshall, a product of the SKK club, registered a waza-ari score in the opening 15-seconds before transitioning into newaza to register an ippon score.

The 27-year-old then faced Japan’s Miku Takaichi in the Quarter-Final, the judoka who she faced in the opening round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and is a thWorld Masters champion.

Renshall came close to registering the first score, but it was the Japanese judoka who struck first, registering a waza-ari score with a little under 90-seconds remaining of the contest.

Although she attacked hard in the closing stages but was unable to find a score to level or win the contest.

The result saw Renshall progress to the Repechage to face Katharina Haecker of Australia.

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Haecker registered a waza-ari as the contest entered the final minute.

Renshall responded to going a score down by trying to level the contest in the next exchange, but was caught and thrown for ippon score.

The result saw Renshall finish 7th to match her performance at the World Championships earlier this year.