Rio Paralympian Chris Skelley made his return to international VI judo with a silver medal at the Visually Impaired German Open in Heidelberg on Saturday 25 February.
The Hull judoka was fighting for the first time in a VI judo competition since last year’s Paralympic Games though he had fought at the Scottish Open in January, finishing with silver in a sighted field.
The 23 year old was in impressive form throughout the day winning his first four contests by ippon with a good mix of standing judo and ground work including a win over home judoka Oliver Upmann, who he also beat at the Paralympics last year.
However, in his final contest of the day he lost to American judoka Ben Goodrich, who has moved down from +100kg after last year’s Paralympics. The British fighter tried to recycle in ne-waza and found himself caught on the ground and held down for 20 seconds to finish with a silver medal.
Fellow Rio Paralympian Natalie Greenhough was also in action and finished with silver at -70kg as she was unable to get the better of Olga Zabrodskaya (RUS).
Victoria Howarth also finished with silver at +70kg on her VI Judo debut while Evan Molloy (-73kg) finished just outside the medals in fifth place.
Molloy had a very impressive day in the Junior competition as he won gold at -73kg. The Bath judoka won each of his four fights by ippon to top the podium while fellow GB judoka Cameron Bradley took home bronze.
Welsh judoka Sam Price (-60kg) was also making his debut at international VI judo level and came away with a silver medal in the Junior -60kg competition. Price won three of his fights by ippon but came undone against Spanish judoka Sergio Ibanez.