Judo Blog: Ben Goodrich Wins Silver Medal at 2020 Tokyo Paralympics
At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Ben Goodrich from St. Paul, MN wins the silver medal in the men's -100kg division.
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 #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
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'sSawtelle 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
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.
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