Team NI has secured its first medal on the opening day of competition at the Commonwealth Games, when Lisa Kearney clinched Bronze in the women’s -52kg judo category.

The Belfast jukoka beat Canadian Audree Francis-Methot, forcing submission from her opponent with 32 seconds of the contest remaining.

Earlier the same day, Sport Northern Ireland supported athlete Kearney beat South African number one Sinothanda Mva in her quarter-final but lost to England’s Kelly Edwards in the semi-finals.

“I’m delighted to win the medal and the first in judo since Lisa Bradley twelve years ago and so happy to win the first for Northern Ireland at these Games. Hopefully this will give my judo team mates a wee boost and the rest of Team Northern Ireland. It’s very special to get the first one,” said Kearney afterwards.