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Great Britain\’s Powell loses to Germany\’s Matthias Krieger in judo\’s men\’s 81kg round of sixteen

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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 2 got underway today.

As Powell entered the arena, the British fans greeted him with loud applause. When the match started, it often moved off the mat. At one point, a judge jumped from his chair and moved it to avoid the pair. 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 has advanced to the quarter finals later today, while Powell’s Paralympics are over.



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Day two of Paralympic judo underway in London

Day two of Paralympic judo underway in London

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Friday, August 31, 2012

London, England — The third session of judo featuring preliminary round of sixteens in the men’s and quarterfinals in the women’s judo got underway today before a large crowd of spectators at London’s ExCeL North Arena 2 at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Great Britain‘s Dan Powell in white and Germany‘s Matthias Krieger in blue
Image: Laura Hale.

Great Britain’s Dan Powell in white and Germany’s Matthias Krieger in blue
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Competitors wait to be introduced
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Great Britain’s Dan Powell in white and Germany’s Matthias Krieger in blue
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A sign announcing a match between Ukraine and Iran
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Simon of the United States walks out before the start of her match
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Simon of the United States and Merenciano Herrero of Spain get ready to face off
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Great Britain’s Dan Powell takes on Iranian Mohammad Ali Shanani in his repechage match
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Ukraine and Iran get ready to face off
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Azerbaijan and France square off
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Great Britain’s Dan Powell in white and Germany’s Matthias Krieger in blue
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United States\’s Cynthia Paige Simon loses to Spain in the women\’s 57kg quarter finals

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Simon walks out before the start of her match
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Simon and Merenciano Herrero get ready to face off
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London, England — The United States’s Cynthia Paige Simon was quickly pinned in her women’s 57kg quarter final match against Spain’s Monica Merenciano Herrero at London’s ExCeL centre on the second day of the London Paralympics.

It was the first match of the competition for both competitors. Coming into the competition, Simon’s previous best had been a third place finish in last year’s German Open; Merenciano Herrero’s best 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 B3 classified Merenciano Herrero who competed in the 63kg class in in the 2004 Athens Games and in the 57kg event in Beijing, where she earned 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 while Merenciano Herrero advances to the semifinals.



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Judo round of sixteen underway at London 2012 Summer Paralympics

Judo round of sixteen underway at London 2012 Summer Paralympics

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Iranian Mohammad Ali Shanani and Ukrainian Dmytro Solovey prepare to enter
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London, England — The third session of judo featuring the round of sixteen at London’s ExCeL North Arena 2 got underway today at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Ukrainian Dmytro Solovey scored a point early against Iranian competitor Mohammad Ali Shanani and was quickly pinned in the men’s 73 kg event. In the match on the other mat, Cuban Isao Cruz Alonso took a bit longer to defeat Azerbaijani competitor Rovshan Safarov.

In the second set of matches, German Matthiar Krieger defeated Great Britain‘s Dan Powell in the round of 16 in the men’s 81kg event with a pin late in the bout. On the other mat, Japan‘s Hidekatsu Takahashi defeated Aliaksandr Kazlou of Belarus with a pin and score of 111-0 in the men’s 73kg event. In another match, Turkey‘s Halil Ibrahim Onel defeated Germany’s Sebastian Junk with a pin in the men’s 73kg round of sixteen.

Quarter finals and repechages were scheduled for later in the day.



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Ukraine beats Great Britain women\’s sitting volleyball in straight sets at 2012 Summer Paralympics

Ukraine beats Great Britain women’s sitting volleyball in straight sets at 2012 Summer Paralympics

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Newest 2012 Paralympic stories
  • 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

Team GB fans make their presence felt
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Both teams at the net
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London, England— The Paralympic host nation’s women’s sitting volleyball team lost to Ukraine earlier today at London’s ExCel—South Arena 2, in straight sets, before a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. Ukraine won the first set 25-9, the second 25-20 and the third 25-14.

In the second set, Great Britain managed to keep the game competitive by forcing Ukraine to make more use of the full court. They went from being behind 14-8 to being down 20-17; at which point, Ukraine took a time out. Ukraine managed to stay ahead despite a challenge from Great Britain in the second set, which saw the score get to 23-20.

Following the game, both teams were loudly cheered as they exited the court. This was followed by a demonstration of the sport by the Lord Mayor of London Boris Johnson and British actress Barbara Windsor, with the arena commentator noting Johnson is a surprisingly good player.

The game was the first for Great Britain in the country’s history, having never qualified a team before. Players on the team are drawn from several clubs around the nation, with Julie Rogers, Jessica Frezza and Andrea Green coming from the Loughborough Lions, Victoria Widdup, Martine Wright and Claire Harvey usually playing for the London Lynx, Samantha Bowen, Jessica O’Brien and Amy Brierly playing for the FDSW Celtic Dragons, and Emma Wiggs and Nicole Hill playing for Portsmouth. They will play their second match of pool play tomorrow when they face the Netherlands.

Ukraine, the top ranked European side in the competition, entered the tournament having finished second at the Intercontinental Cup earlier in the year where they beat Russia, Slovenia, Brazil and Great Britain. Ukraine’s second match is against the Netherlands on Sunday.



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Egyptian Premier Morsi backs Syrian rebels in speech

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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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Australia and South Africa men\’s national wheelchair basketball teams play in their 2012 Paralympics opener

Australia and South Africa men’s national wheelchair basketball teams play in their 2012 Paralympics opener

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London, England — At London’s Olympic Basketball Arena last night, Australia men’s national wheelchair basketball team decisively beat South Africa by a score of 93 to 39 before a crowd of 2,106. The game was the first played by both teams at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Justin Eveson led Australia in scoring with 21 points. Richard Nortje led his team in scoring, and was the only South African player to reach double digits in points scored. Australia’s next match is against Turkey, and South Africa’s next match is against Spain later today.

South Africa listens to their national anthem before the game is played
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Australia listens to their national anthem before the game is played
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Australia’s coaches listen to their national anthem before the game is played
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14 Nick Taylor and 12 Grant Mizens slap hands after a play
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13 Stuart Jellows enters the game
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The South African team watches the game from the bench
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Brad Ness brings the ball down the floor for Australia
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South African Samuel van Niekerk gets pinched by Australia’s Jannik Blair and Grant Mizens
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South Africa rights a player as they prepare to inbound the ball
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Richard Nort Je gets back into his chair
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Gliders win against Brazil in 2012 opening match

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Aussie fans at the game
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London, England — The Gliders, the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, won a close contest 52–50 against Brazil last night in front of a crowd of 3,288 at the Basketball Arena in Olympic Park, London.

The Gliders have won medals at the last three Paralympics, but have yet to win a gold medal.

The game was close and tough. The scores were tied no less than 15 times and at no point were the Australians more than five points in front. Before the game and at each break, the Australians linked arms in a common affirmation of teamwork.

A couple of minutes into the final quarter the 45–43 with Cobi Crispin sent to the free throw line where she extended her team’s lead to 47–43. A technical foul saw her straight back again to make it 48–43, the Glider’s biggest lead of the game.

Brazil then struck back scoring five unanswered points to tie the score again at 48–48 but Amber Merritt then scored one from the paint to put the Gliders back in front. She followed this by taking a rebound and another great shot to make it 52–48. Brazil was able to score once more, but the clock was now against them. Time ran out, and the Gliders ran out the winners, 52–50.

Leading scorers for the Gliders were Cobi Crispin with 18 points and Amber Merritt with 16.

The Gliders’ next game is scheduled for today against Great Britain at the North Greenwich Arena.



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

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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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Frank Ponta inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame

Frank Ponta inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame

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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

Louise Sauvage, Chris Wadell and Sir Philip Craven at the IPC Hall of Fame induction
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London, EnglandFrank Ponta was posthumously inducted into the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London this week.

Ponta, who died in June last year after a long illness, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his work as a coach. One of the founders of the Paralympic movement in Western Australia, he helped build the movement into a phenomenon. Working first in his home state, then in Australia, and finally on the world stage, where he won a silver medal at the first Paralympic Games held in Rome in 1960. He was especially influential in the development of junior wheelchair sport.

He is best-known today as a coach of champion Paralympians such as Louise Sauvage and Priya Cooper. Today, Sauvage is herself a coach.

In addition to competing and coaching, Ponta kept scrapbooks and notes of his experiences. Today, historians of the Paralympics are using them as resources to document the early years of Paralympic sport.



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