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United States\’s Cynthia Paige Simon loses to Spain in women\’s 57kg judo quarter finals

United States’s Cynthia Paige Simon loses to Spain in women’s 57kg judo quarter finals

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Simon walks out before the start of her match
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London, England— The United States‘s Cynthia Paige Simon was quickly pinned in her women’s 57kg judo quarter-final match against Spain’s Monica Merenciano Herrero at the ExCeL centre in the second day of Paralympics competition.

The first match of the competition for both competitors., Simon’s previous best had been a third place finish in last year’s German Open; Merenciano Herrero’s best previous finish was third at last year’s Senior World Games.

Peaquonnock-based coach Simon is a B3-classified competitor who competes for the Kokushikai club in the United States. These Games are her first.

In contrast, these are the third Games for the B2-classified Herrer, who competed in the 63kg class in in the 2004 Athens Games and the 57kg event in Beijing, earning a pair of bronze medals. Prior to the Games, she told superdeporte.es, “I hope I can repeat winning a medal, but this time the gold, that would be great.”

Simon will continue on in the repechage whilst Herrero advances to the semifinals.



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Egyptian President Morsi backs Syrian rebels in speech

Egyptian President Morsi backs Syrian rebels in speech

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Friday, August 31, 2012

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi strongly backed the Syrian rebels Thursday in a speech at the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Iran. Morsi, a Sunni Muslim and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, is the first Egyptian leader in 30 years to visit Iran – an ally of Syrian Prime Minister Bashar al-Assad’s Shi’ite dominated regime.

In a strongly worded speech, which caused Syrian foreign minister Walid al Muallem to walk out in protest, Morsi called the Syrian regime “oppressive”, saying that it has lost legitimacy. Delegates were told, “[t]he bloodshed in Syria is our responsibility on all our shoulders and we have to know that the bloodshed cannot stop without effective interference from all of us.”

Morsi called on delegates to “[…] announce our full solidarity with the struggle of those seeking freedom and justice in Syria, and translate this sympathy into a clear political vision that supports a peaceful transition to a democratic system of rule that reflects the demands of the Syrian people for freedom.”

For the Syrian government, foreign minister al Muallem subsequently told state media that President Morsi was interfering in Syrian domestic affairs and inciting further violence in the conflict.

Morsi’s speech was viewed by commentators as a direct rebuke to Iran and a message that they had chosen the wrong side in the Syrian conflict. The speech also allayed fears in the west that his attendance at a meeting of non-aligned countries indicated a change in Egyptian foreign policy to a less pro-Western stance.



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Brazil women\’s national wheelchair basketball team loses first game in its 2012 Paralympic campaign

Brazil women’s national wheelchair basketball team loses first game in its 2012 Paralympic campaign

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  • 29 June 2014: Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships
  • 26 June 2014: Belgian men’s goalball team departs for Finland for World Championships
  • 3 January 2014: Wikinews interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Tina McKenzie
  • 15 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font
  • 11 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Marta Gómez

Friday, August 31, 2012

Brazil’s team huddles before the start of the second half
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London, England — Last night at London’s Paralympic Basketball Arena, the Brazil women’s national wheelchair basketball team kept it close in a game with the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team before losing 52–50 to Australia. Brazil trailed by four with 32.3 seconds left in the game, narrowed the gap to two points with 1.3 seconds left but were unable to score in the final second.

4.5 point player Lia Maria Soares Martin dominated for Brazil, scoring over half the team’s points with 27 total. She led her team on defense with half the team’s rebounds, pulling down 14 of them. The Belém native 24 year old who will celebrate her 25th birthday during the Paralympics plays club basketball for All Star Rodas, Belem.

Brazil played aggressive basketball, with five players earning personal fouls including Soares Martin with 4, Debora Crislina Guimaraes de Costa and Lucicleia da Costa e Costa with 3 each, and Cleonete de Nazare Santos and Cintia Mariana Lopes de Carvalho with 1 each. The Brazilians pinched Australian players several times by trying to force them to go over their wheelchairs and lose their balance. Sportsmanship was still on display, with the Brazilians helping to set Australia’s Kylie Gauci upright after Gauci’s wheelchair tipped over.

Brazil competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics where they did not win a single match. They are scheduled to play the next game of their London campaign this Saturday against Great Britain.



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China leads the medal race after day 2 of competition at the London Paralympics

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Medal ceremony for women’s 10m SH1 standing air rifle
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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 34 total, 13 of them gold. Australia comes in second, with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
Silver
Men
Bronze
Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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Wikinews interviews 55 time Paralympic medalists Trischa Zorn

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Trischa Zorn
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London, England — Earlier today, Wikinews interviewed 55 total, 46 time gold swimming Paralympic medalist Trischa Zorn of the United States.

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Wikinews interviews Trischa Zorn

Zorn discusses a variety of issues, including frustrations with the classification system that have disadvantaged some United States swimmers because of what she sees as its subjective nature. She also talks about the increased visibility of the Games, how things have changed from when she started in 1980 to the current 2012 Summer Paralympics. Zorn discusses how sponsorship has evolved from her early time participating, and issues with the Paralympics inside the United States at the present.

Yesterday, Zorn was inducted into the International Paralympic Hall of Fame at a ceremony yesterday in London. Having last competed in the 2004 Summer Paralympics, if she was swimming today, she would be classified as an S12 swimmer. She currently works for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, helping returning United States soldiers adjust to life as civilians.



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Magnitude 7.6 hits the coast of the Philippines

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Friday, August 31, 2012

An earthquake occured on Friday night in the coast of the Philippines. The United States Geological Survey reported that the earthquake occured at 8:47 pm local time (1247 UTC).

The earthquake occured at a depth of 34.9 kilometers (21.7 miles) and the epicenter was located 96 kilometers (60 mi) East of Sulangan, Philippines.

At least one person was killed in the earthquake and there was a minor tsunami. However, there was no tsunami warning issued.



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Great Britain\’s Powell loses to Germany\’s Matthias Krieger in judo event at 2012 Paralympics

Great Britain’s Powell loses to Germany’s Matthias Krieger in judo event at 2012 Paralympics

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  • 29 June 2014: Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships
  • 26 June 2014: Belgian men’s goalball team departs for Finland for World Championships
  • 3 January 2014: Wikinews interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Tina McKenzie
  • 15 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font
  • 11 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Marta Gómez

Friday, August 31, 2012

Powell in white and Krieger get ready to start
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London, England — Great Britain’s Dan Powell was pinned by Germany’s Matthias Krieger in his preliminary round of sixteen match in the men’s 81kg judo event at London’s ExCeL North Arena today. As Powell entered the arena, the British fans greeted him with loud applause. During the match, the competitors moved off the mat several times. At one point, a judge jumped from his chair and moved it to avoid the pair.

A judge stands to avoid the pair.
Image: Laura Hale.

The match had several delays as Powell first adjusted the tape on his feet. Later, the match was stopped again to address the tape on his feet. Krieger earned several points before securing his eventual victory for a score of 112-0. Going into the match, Powell’s best performance was a second place finish at the 2009 Junior World Games.

Krieger will advance to the quarter finals later today, while Powell’s Paralympics run is over.



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United States\’s Cynthia Paige Simon loses to Spain in women\’s 57kg quarter finals

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Simon walks out before the start of her match
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London, England— The United States‘s Cynthia Paige Simon was quickly pinned in her women’s 57kg judo quarter-final match against Spain’s Monica Merenciano Herrero at the ExCeL centre in the second day of Paralympics competition.

The first match of the competition for both competitors., Simon’s previous best had been a third place finish in last year’s German Open; Merenciano Herrero’s best previous finish was third at last year’s Senior World Games.

Peaquonnock-based coach Simon is a B3-classified competitor who competes for the Kokushikai club in the United States. These Games are her first.

In contrast, these are the third Games for the B2-classified Herrer, who competed in the 63kg class in in the 2004 Athens Games and the 57kg event in Beijing, earning a pair of bronze medals. Prior to the Games, she told superdeporte.es, “I hope I can repeat winning a medal, but this time the gold, that would be great.”

Simon will continue on in the repechage whilst Herrero advances to the semifinals.



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Tennis champion, Andy Roddick, announces his retirement

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Andy Roddick, winner of the 2003 U.S. Open and former top-ranked tennis champion announced Thursday he is retiring from the sport.



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2008 Paralympic table tennis silver medalist Piotr Grudzien beats Poland\’s Richard Csejtey

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Poland’s Grudzien in blue takes on Slovakia’s Csejtey
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London, England— With the table tennis event taking place in the ExCeL North Arena 1, Poland’s Piotr Grudzien beat Slovakia’s Richard Csejtey in Group A of the men’s singles class 8 competition by 3 sets to 1. The first set lasted 28 minutes, ending in a win for Csejtey at 9-11; Grudzien came back to win the next three sets with scores of 12-10, 12-10 and 11-8. None of the latter sets took over six minutes.

Grudzien was on his toes most of the match, moving around the table. After each point, he wiped the left hand corner near his side of the net. The pair had contrasting experiences in their first round matches; Grudzien lost in straight sets to Iraq’s Saeed Ali whereas Csejtey won all his sets against Ali.

Twenty-year old Grudzien came into the Games as the defending silver medalists aiming to take home another medal. Playing for ZSR Start Zielona Gora, Zielona Gor, his left arm is shorter than his right and his right leg shorter than his left.

Grudzien’s next scheduled match is the Men’s Team – Class 6-8 First Round on Wednesday when Poland faces Ukraine.



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