Porter, Farra, Hawthorne And Simon Earn Medals At Visually Impaired German Open
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – All four members of Team USA earned medals at the German Open for the Visually Impaired on Jan. 15 in Heidelberg, Germany.
Paralympian Myles Porter (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic TrainingCenter) won his third straight title at the event in the 100kg division.
In the first round-robin match, Porter defended several seoi nage (shoulder throw) attempts by Joe Ingram (GBR) before throwing Ingram with a te guruma (hand wheel throw). Porter defended his title after his next win in which he threw Oliver Upmann (GER) for a quick ippon (instant win) with a drop seoi nage.
The youngest member of the team, 17-year-old Josh Farra (Coatesville, Pa. / LibertyBell Judo) was caught midway through his opening match by Darren Harris (GBR) who threw Farra for a waza-ari (half-point).
In his second match, Farra threw Eetu Tiensuu (FIN) in five seconds to win by ippon and place second in the round-robin division.
Three-time World Team member Ron Hawthorne (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center) had the longest day for Team USA, fighting five matches before winning bronze in the 60kg division.
Hawthorne and Benjamin Teoule (FRA) were tied with a waza-ari each in the first round before Hawthorne threw Teoule for a second waza-ari to win the match. In the second round, Hawthorne threw Andriy Butenko (UKR) for ippon in less than a minute.
In the third round, Hawthorne fought reigning World Champion Ben Quilter (GBR) and successfully avoided Quilter’s attacks until he was caught on the ground in an armbar. A minute into the fourth round, Hawthorne countered Adriani Botez’s (GER) uchimata (inner thigh throw) attack with a te guruma for ippon.
With three wins under his belt, Hawthorne battled with Justin Karn (CAN) for five minutes, but lost the match by two penalties for defensive posture and placed third overall.
In the women’s 52kg division, Cindy Simon (Wayne, N.J. / Kokushikai) was thrown for ippon in the first round by Sandrine Aurieres (FRA) with a seoi nage (standing shoulder throw). In the second round, Simon fought two-time World Champion Carmen Brussig (GER) who pinned her to win the match.
Simon was scheduled to face Brussig’s twin sister Ramona Brussig (GER), but Ramona withdrew from the match after sustaining an injury in the previous match.
Simon earned a bronze medal after the walkover – her second bronze at this event in as many years.
Complete results are as follows:
1. Ben Quilter (GER)
2. Justin Karn (CAN)
3. Ron Hawthorne (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center)
3. Anriy Butenko (UKR)
5. Benjamin Teoule (FRA)
5. Adrian Botez (GER)
1. Darren Harris
2. Josh Farra (Coatesville, Pa. / Liberty Bell Judo)
3. Eetu Tiensuu (FIN)
1. Jani Kallunki (FIN)
2. Sebastian Junk (GER)
3. Nikolai Kornhab (GER)
3. Steve Turbitt (GBR)
5. Marcel Rieseler (GER)
5. Daniel Hanke (GER)
1. Matthias Krieger (GER)
2. Nico Langhammer (GER)
3. Daniel Powell (GBR)
1. Myles Porter (Colorado Springs, Colo. / NYAC / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center)
2. Joel Ingram (GBR)
3. Oliver Upmann (GER)
1. Walter Hanl (AUT)
2. Tony Walby (CAN)
1. Carmen Brussig (GER)
2. Sandrine Aurieres (FRA)
3. Cindy Simon (Wayne, N.J. / Kokushikai)
3. Ramona Brussig (GER)
1. Angeliq Quessandier (FRA)
2. Nicolina Pernheim (SWE)
3. Paivi Tolppanen (FIN)
3. Marion Coadou (FRA)
5. Tanja Dieckmann (GER)
1. Olga Zabrodskaya (RUS)
2. Lesley Reid (GBR)
3. Erica Friedmann (SWE)
3. Barbara Schmidt (GER)