Judo Blog: Ben Goodrich Wins Silver Medal at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

Paralympic judo

At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Ben Goodrich from St. Paul, MN wins the silver medal in the men's -100kg division.

Judo Paralympic Results

Ben Goodrich USA Silver, Christopher Skelley Great Britain Gold, Anatolii Shevchenko Russia Bronze, & SharifKhalilov Uzbekistan Bronze

Sunday August 29, 2021 Ben Goodrich won a Silver Medal culminating an outstanding day in Tokyo!

Match #1


Match #2 Quarterfinals

Won by Waza-Ari / Ko-soto-gake 5:48 Golden Score


Over Anatolii Shevchenko of Russia

Match #3 Semifinals B

Won by Ippon / Kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame 7:32 Golden Score


Over Antonio Tenorio da Silva of Brazil

Match #4 Gold Medal Contest

Lost by Waza-ari / Tomoe-nage 0:54


To Christopher Skelley of Great Britain

Ben Goodrich & Coach Eddie Liddie

Ben Goodrich & Coach Eddie Liddie

Judo flip
Post match hug
Great Britain Winner Paralympic judo
\u200bYasuhiro Yamashita

Yasuhiro Yamashita Presenting Silver Medal to Ben Goodrich

The Other US Team Members


Robert Tanaka Men's -66kg from Denver, CO and is part of Nanka's Sawtelle Dojo in Los Angeles

Lost by Ippon to Vikto Rudenko of Russia by Seoi-nage followed by Kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame


Maria Liana Mutia Women's -63kg Raleigh, N.C.

Lost by Ippon to Hiroko Kudo of Japan by two O-uchi-garis


Katie Davis Women's +70 kg Sacramento, CA

Lost by Ippon to Altantsetseg Nyamaa of Mongolia by Ko-soto-gake

Lost by Ippon to Carolina Costavs of Italy by Soto-makikomi followed by Kesa -gatame


Alana Maldonado vs. Ina Klaldani

Greg Moore of Sun City, AZ refereed Gold Medal Match Women's -70 Alana Maldonado vs. Ina Klaldani


Closing thoughts - I enjoyed watching this event as it brought back fond memories of my first trip to Japan in 1991. I was one of the Coaches for the US Blind Judo Team at their World Championships held in the Kodokan along with my departed mentor and close friend Dr. Osvaldo Raul Zarantonello, 9th Dan.

I'm always looking for new subjects to write about regarding judo as well as contributions from my readers. Please send them to gary@garygoltz.com, thanks.

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