Continuing his quest for the very best competition on earth, be it visually impaired or fully sighted, U.S. Paralympic Silver Medalist Myles Porter of Colorado Springs, CO, is headed for his first Senior World Championships, alongside U.S. Olympians and other fully-sighted elites, scheduled next week in Rio de Janeiro.
Competition runs Monday, Aug. 26, through Sept. 1 at the World Championships, second only to the Olympic Games in prestige and points that can be earned.
Porter was climbing on a plane Thursday for the long trip to Brazil. He described competing at the World Championships as “an honor” and said that “being able to represent the United States in Rio is a blessing. Also, competing as a VI (visually impaired) athlete goes back to my great coaching staff and teammates who’ve made me better every day.”
Porter, 100 kg (USA Judo Training Site, Olympic Training Center/NYAC, Colorado Springs, CO), will be fighting in brackets heavy with the top athletes in the world. Among them is No. 1 ranked Henk Grol of the Netherlands, two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist. Grol has twice taken silver medals at the World Championships. Nearly 780 athletes from 124 nations are registered for the tournament.
Porter was part of U.S. History in the making when he took a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London last summer. Paralympic teammate Dartanyon Crockett, 90 kg., also from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, took a bronze medal. U.S. Superstar Kayla Harrison (USA Judo Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center/NYAC, Wakefield, MA) took a gold medal at the Olympic Games and Marti Malloy, 57 kg. (USA Judo Training Site, San Jose State University Judo/NYAC, San Jose, CA), claimed bronze.
Olympians Malloy, Travis Stevens, 81 kg. (USA Judo Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA), and Nick Delpopolo, 73 kg. (Budokan Judo, Miami, FL) are among the 17-member U.S. team headed to Rio for the World Championships.
“This is my first able-body Worlds,” Porter said. “I hope I can take the experience of two Paralympic Games as well as four or five World Championships (visually impaired) into this one and do well. This is another step for me to make it hopefully to the Olympics in 2016.”
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