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The Judo Event at the 2012 Paralympics Games began on Thursday 30 August at London’s Excel Arena featuring athletes who are blind or have a visual impairment.


Excel’s North Arena 2, the same venue used for the Olympic Judo Event a few weeks ago, welcomed new competitors and an almost capacity crowd estimated at 9,000. The opening day featured four weight categories, two men’s -60kg and -66kg, and two women’s -48kg and -52kg. Capturing the headlines were the twin-sisters from Leipzig, Germany, Carmen and Ramona Brussig. It was Carmen who claimed the first Judo gold medal of these Paralympic Games when she defeated the current world champion Lee Kai-Lin of Chinese Taipei to win the -48kg final. Brussig was undecided as to whether she would be competing in Rio in four years time. “I’m 35 now, at this age one cannot easily plan for another four years.” It was not long before her sister Ramona followed her lead by stepping up to take Germany’s second gold by throwing Wang Lijing CHN for ippon in the -52kg final. In the men’s -60kg Li Xiaodong lost out to Azerbaijan’s skillful and entertaining Ramin Ibrahimov whilst in the -66kg Davyd Khorava UKR defeated Zhao Xu CHN. Russia’s Victoria Potapova provided the entertainment of the day when having won her bronze medal she moved away from her escort and completed a celebratory handstand much to the amusement of the audience. Great Britain’s Ben Quilter gave the home-crowd something to cheer for when he took a hard earned bronze medal in the -60kg category. Quilter had suffered an acute ACL tear only seven weeks ago and was not thought to have had any chance of returning to compete at these Games.

 
 
 
FIRST DAY RESULTS
Men's -60 kg
1. IBRAHIMOV, Ramin (AZE)
2. LI, Xiaodong (CHN)
3. NOURA, Mouloud (ALG)
3. QUILTER, Ben (GBR)
5. HIRAI, Takaaki (JPN)
5. LEE, Min-Jae (KOR)
7. HAWTHORNE, Ronald (USA)
7. KARN, Justin (CAN)
 
Men's -66 kg
1. KHORAVA, Davyd (UKR)
2. ZHAO, Xu (CHN)
3. FALCON, Marcos (VEN)
3. LAMRI, Sid Ali ((ALG)
5. GARCIA DEL VALLE, David (ESP)
5. HIROSE, Makoto (JPN)
7. KALLUNKI, Jani (FIN)
7. MUSTAFAYEV, Bayram (AZE)
 

 
Women's -48 kg
1. BRUSSIG, Carmen (GER)
2. LEE, Kai-Lin (TPE)
3. HALINSKA, Yuliya (UKR)
3. POTAPOVA, Victoria (RUS)
5. FERREIRA CARDOSO, Karla (BRA)
5. HUANG, Xiaoli (CHN)
7. GARCIA BENITEZ, Laura (ESP)
7. LACLAU, Solene (FRA)
 
Women' s -52 kg
1. BRUSSIG, Ramona (GER)
2. WANG, Lijing (CHN)
3. FERREIRA, Michele (BRA)
3. NIKOLAYCHYK, Nataliya (UKR)
5. MARTINET, Sandrine (FRA)
5. STEPANIUK, Alesia (RUS)
7. HANGAI, Shizuka (JPN)
7. KILIC, Gulhan (TUR)
SOURCE: IJF

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