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Japan's Masaki Kento won the men's +100kg category by first throwing Wang Song CHN for waza ari and then holding his Chinese opponent for waza ari awasette ippon all within the first minute of the Paralympic heavyweight final.
Masaki’s gold medal performance may go some way to saving Japan’s blushes at managing just the one medal from their team of eight. Depite picking up just the one medal the judo displayed by the Japanese team was both entertaining and exciting but lucky they were not, and several players picked up injuries during the course of the competition. There was dramatic action too in the women’s heavyweight division where Chinese judoka Yuan Yanping retained her Paralympic title in emphatic style in the final where she threw Turkey's Nazan Akin for ippon with a powerful tani otoshi in just five seconds. Cuban Jorge Hierrezuelo Marcillis won the -90kg category defeating Beijing bronze medalist Sam Ingram GBR. The Cuban coped wonderfully well in the pressurized setting of the Excel Arena considering that he was also facing several thousand cheering British fans all willing the home favorite on.
The contest went the full five minutes and was settled by the Cuban’s single score of yuko leaving Ingram with a silver medal. Spain’s Maria del Carmen Herrera Gomez was on fine form in taking her third successive Paralympic title. Her defeat of Russia’s Tatiana Savostyanova in the women's -70kg final was a demonstration of concentration and timing as she threw the Russian with deft footwork. Choi Gwang-Geun KOR won the -100kg category when he defeated Myles Porter USA in the final. Porter was quick to acknowledge that Choi was a worthy winner focusing instead on bettering his fifth place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games. The 26-year-old Porter was aiming for gold, but said any medal was an improvement. “It’s not the color I wanted, but silver is nothing to hang your head down about,” he said.