2 September 2012

Europe claims eight out of 13 Paralympic titles in judo

Europe claims eight out of 13 Paralympic titles in judo

In three days of judo 13 gold and silver medals and 26 bronze medals were awarded at ExCeL.
Europe won eight out of 13 gold medals. Asia won three, Panamerica two.

Most successful nation was Ukraine with three gold medallists in the men’s categories -66kg, -73kg and -81kg through gold medallists Davyd KHORAVA, Dmytro SOLOVEY and Olexandr KOSINOV.

Germany won gold in two categories by the twin sisters Carmen (-48kg) and Ramona (-52kg) BRUSSIG. At 35, they crowned their careers with winning a major title on the same day for the first time.

Beijing champion Maria del Carmen HERRERA GOMEZ (ESP, -70kg) successfully defended her title and even won her third consecutive title, after Athens and Beijing.
The Spaniard said after the matches: “Although I was Paralympic champion twice before, I did not expect to win gold but I did want a podium finish. My opponent is also my friend and neither of us expected to reach the final. Before the bout we said to each other; ‘may the best win’.”

Home fighter Sam Ingram (GBR) won silver on the last day: “To be honest it doesn’t feel too great at this point, I came here to win the tournament and if you’re not first, when you intend to be first, it’s a gutting experience.”
“I had a tough fight in the final (against Jorge MARCILLIS HIERREZUELO, CUB) it was really scrappy, a bit all over the place and I wasn’t on top of it.”
On his future: “I need to win a tournament, so I’ll be back in Rio (for 2016). But maybe I will compete at the commonwealth games in Glasgow 2014. I’m training in Judo Scotland and my support staff are there. They’ve done a great job and put me in the position to win the tournament, but I didn’t and I’m sorry to them for that. I’ll also start training with my new coach, Olympian Euan Burton (GBR) shortly.”