On the final day of the IBSA World Championships, two-time Paralympian Daniel Powell produced the performance of his life to take a silver medal in the J1 -90kg category.
Powell, who was competing at his second World Championships, had an opening-round bye before defeating Antonio-Tenorio Da-Silva (BRA) in the second round. Powell forced his opponent to tap out following some great work in newaza.
Powell followed this up with some more fine work on the ground to defeat Andre Watson (USA) in the Quarter-Final to book his place in the Semi-Finals.
Powell registered a waza-ari early against Valerio Teodori (ITA) before a throw for ippon score secured his place in the Final to face former Paralympic Champion, Cyril Jonard (FRA).
Jonard registered a waza-ari score in the opening exchange to take the early advantage. Powell later went to ground in an attempt to pin his opponent in an osaekomi hold down but was countered by Jonard who pinned him for a second waza-ari score.
The result saw Powell win silver to record the greatest result in his judo career.
Tokyo 2020 -100kg Paralympic Champion, Chris Skelley (Haltemprice JC) defeated Sergio Fernandes (BRA) in the Quarter-Finals following an opening-round bye. Skelley took his opponent to ground early and pinned him for 20-seconds to register an ippon score.
In the Semi-Final Skelley faced fellow Tokyo Paralympic Champion (-90kg) Vahid Nouri (IRI). Nouri registered a waza-ari score early in the contest, before registering a second waza-ari score in the following exchange to progress to the final. The result saw Skelley progress to the bronze medal contest to face Aloviddin Jurakulov (UZB).
Skelley picked up two penalty shidos as the contest neared the end of the mandatory 4-minutes. With nothing between the pair, the contest entered Golden Score. As the clock passed the 7-minute mark, an attack by Skelley was countered for waza-ari score.
The result saw Skelley finish in 5th place.
Competing in the J2 -90kg category, Evan Molloy (Mark Burbridge; Devizes JC) faced Sharif Khalilov (UZB) in round two following an opening-round bye. Molloy dominated the contest and forced his opponent to pick up two shidos before picking up two of his own later in the contest. With the score level after 4-minutes the contest entered Golden Score.
In the Quarter-Final contest Molloy was awarded a hansoku-make in his contest against Marcelo Casanova (BRA) for grabbing the leg.
In the J2 +70kg category Kirsten Taylor (David Scobie; Tayside JC) had an opening-round bye before she was defeated by Sheyla-Samarian Hernandez-Estupinan (CUB) in the Quarter-Finals, meaning she progressed to the Repechage.
Taylor faced Katie Davis (USA) for a place in the bronze medal contest. With the contest nearing Golden Score it was Davis who was able to register a waza-ari score and transitioned into osaekomi to register an ippon. The result saw Taylor finish in 7th place.
On the opening day Connah Anders (Coach: Fitzroy Davies; Club: Hardy Spicer 83) was defeated in his opening-round contest against Harlly-Damiao Pereira-Arruda (BRA). The Brazilian judoka went to ground early and pinned Anders, forcing him to tap out.