17 November 2018

Ingram, Skelley and Stewart on the podium in Portugal

Samuel Ingram led the Great Britain charge as he powered to silver success at the IBSA Judo World Championships in Portugal.

Ingram enjoyed a terrific run to the final in the -100kg, but came up against experienced, powerful Georgian Zviad Gogotchuri – the -90kg Paralympic champion.

Despite putting up a stern effort in the final in Odivelas, Gogotchuri’s strength forced Ingram into a third shido and secure victory.

“I’m aiming for the rostrum at each tournament so I’m happy with my performance,” said Ingram.

“Obviously could have been slightly better but I performed to the best of my abilities so that’s all I can really ask for and do.”

It was a good day for the British fighters, with Christopher Skelley winning his -100kg bronze medal match against American Benjamin Goodrich.

Skelley was too good for his opponent and forced the third shido through a defensive posture.

The first medal of the day came from Elliot Stewart, who displayed tactical nous and patience in his fight against Rovshan Safarov of Azerbaijan.

Stewart had beaten -90kg European Champion Safarov when the two clashed at the Antalya World Cup earlier in the year.

And despite the Rio 2016 bronze medallist’s obvious threat, he was forced into picking up three shidos due to Stewart’s disciplined approach and the Brit deservedly got his place on the podium.

Earlier in the day, Jack Hodgson lost out to Brazilian Araujo Wilians in the +100kg fight, while Evan Molloy’s efforts in the -73kg category was ended by Algerian Mehdi Meskine.

Daniel Powell had battled past Antero Freed Villalobos Corrales of Peru, but was halted against Iranian Seyed Jafari.

Natalie Greenhough’s B2 challenge was ended in the first bout – Kazusa Ogawa proving too strong in the -70kg clash.

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