September 8th, 2016, was the first day of competition for judo on the occasion of the Paralympic Games Rio 2016. Four weight categories were in action: Women’s -48kg and -52kg an Men’s -60kg and -66kg.

Women’s -48kg
1 - LI Liqing (CHN)
2 - BRUSSIG Carmen (GER)
3 - TASIN Ecem (TUR)
3 - HALINSKA Yuliya (UKR)
5 - LEE Kai-Lin (TPE)
5 - HANGAI Shizuka (JPN)

Women’s -52kg
1 - MARTINET Sandrine (FRA)
2 - BRUSSIG Ramona (GER)
3 - ABDELLAOUI Cherine (ALG)
3 - SALAEVA Sevinch (UZB)
5 - FERREIRA Michele Aparecida (BRA)
5 - GAGNE Priscilla (CAN)

Men’s -60kg
1 - NAMOZOV Sherzod (UZB)
2 - HIROSE Makoto (JPN)
3 - BOLOGA Alex (ROU)
3 - BOLORMAA Uugankhuu (MGL)
5 - BORGES Henry (URU)

Men’s -66kg
1 - NIGMATOV Utkirjon (UZB)
3 - KHORAVA Davyd (UKR)
3 - FUJIMOTO Satoshi (JPN)
5 - PARK Jongseok (KOR)
5 - BAREIKIS Osvaldas (LTU)

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Paralympic judo follows the same rules as Olympic judo, with the difference that judokas shall start and remain during the combat holding each other’s suits.

Only athletes with visual impairment are eligible to compete, with all the sight classes (B1, B2 and B3) competing together and divided according to the judokas’ weight.

Combats last five minutes for men and four for women. The aim is to either gain more points than the rival by skillful attacks or score the “ippon” by throwing the opponent with their back on the ground, immobilising them or forcing a submission.

Judo made its Paralympic debut at Seoul 1988 and has been contested at every Games since. Women’s events were added at Athens 2004. The sport is the only martial art on the programme.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games there will be seven different male weight divisions: -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg; and six female weight divisions: -48kg, -52kg, 57kg, -63kg, -70kg and +70kg.

Athletes compete in a series of tournaments along the year, including World Cups and world and regional Championships.

Photos © Rafal Burza

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