4 July 2019
Triple medal haul for GB Judo
Great Britain’s judokas continued their push for Paralympic qualification with three podium finishes at this week’s qualifying event in Fort Wayne.
Christopher Skelley finished with a silver medal in the men’s -100kg after losing to reigning Paralympics champion Zviad Gogotchuri in the final.
World number one Skelley beat Oleksandr Pominov of Ukraine and Benjamin Goodrich of USA to reach the gold medal match, but he was unable to overcome his Georgian opponent who had a point to prove after being recently dethroned by the Brit at the top of the world rankings.
Meanwhile, Jack Hodgson and Elliot Steward both picked up bronze for GB after defeating Greece’s Theoklitos Papachristos and Germany’s Daniel Goral in the +100kg and -90kg respectively in their third-place play-offs.
Elsewhere, world No.32 Dan Powell narrowly missed out on a bronze medal after losing to Dmytro Solovey of Ukraine in the -81kg to finish fifth.
Evan Molloy and Natalie Greenhough finished in seventh after losing to world No.8 Nathan Petit of France and Greece’s Theodora Paschalidou.
Judokas will be able to use their results from Fort Wayne towards their place in the world rankings. These determine which athletes get to compete at Tokyo 2020.
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