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Paralympic Sports: Judo

Sport Week: Top moments in judo

German twins' gold on the same day and Azerbaijani's Paralympic title five years after losing his eyesight, among top victories 21 Apr 2020
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Ilham Zakiyev
Ilham Zakiyev won Paralympic gold at Athens 2004, five years after losing his eyesight
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By IPC

Find below some of the best judo moments at the Paralympic Games.

1. Japan top medals table at Seoul 1988

Paralympic judo was introduced into the Paralympic programme in 1988, when six male events were contested on South Korean soil. Japan, birthplace of judo, dominated by claiming four golds courtesy of Shinichi Ishizue (-65kg), Takio Ushikubo (-78kg), Yasuhiro Uwano (-86kg) and Masakazu Saito (+95kg).

2. Antonio Tenorio takes sixth consecutive Paralympic medal 

The judo-record man claimed gold on his Paralympic debut at Atlanta 1996 and defended the title three more times, becoming the first judoka in history to win four consecutive Paralympic golds. He also secured bronze at London 2012, before sealing silver at his home Games at Rio 2016, his sixth consecutive Paralympic medal.

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a male judoka holds up a silver medal
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3. Sandrine Martinet finally reaches top of the podium

The Frenchwoman won her first world title back in 2006 but struggled for many years until she could finally grab Paralympic gold. Martinet took silver both at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, and ended fifth at London 2012. At Rio 2016, she defeated Germany’s two-time Paralympic champion Ramona Brussig in the women’s up to 52kg final.

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female judoka Sandrine Martinet
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4. Ilham Zakiyev wins gold at Athens 2004 

Ilham Zakiyev used to serve in the Azerbaijani army when he was shot during a combat mission in 1999 and lost his eyesight as a result. Following a long rehabilitation, Zakiyev began practising Para judo, rapidly enjoying success and celebrating Paralympic gold in Athens, Greece, in 2004.

5. Double golds for German twins 

Carmen and Ramona Brussig had a joint celebration at London 2012. Just 15minutes after Carmen topped the podium in the women’s -48kg, her twin Ramona sealed gold in the -52kg.

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A shot of the upper half of two women holding two Paralympic gold medals
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