Quilter battles back for judo bronze, Newson medal in weightlifting

World and European champion Ben Quilter battled back from defeat in his opening contest to win judo bronze at the London 2012 Paralympics.

GB's best Paralympic judo effort since 1996 earns silver

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ExCeL Arena judo London

The 30-year old improves on his fifth place in the under-60kg class four years ago but admitted he was disappointed by his quarter-final defeat to defending champion, Algeria's Mouloud Noura.

However, he snatched his chance in the repechage, beating Mongolia’s Munkhbat Aajim, American Ronald Hawthorne and Japan’s Takaaki Hirai to claim the final spot on the podium.

“I was hoping for gold, so losing my first match wasn’t an option,” he said.

“The Algerian is a great player, but it was a long way back from that.

“It was touch and go whether I’d be here after I injured my knee. I had some great treatment and rehab to help me through it, but I was struggling to do my best judo today.

“I’m delighted to be walking away with a medal. It’s a real achievement and something I will be very proud of. Winning bronze means a massive amount to me.”

Zoe Newson, the youngest member of ParalympicGB’s Powerlifting squad, produced a terrific performance to capture bronze on day one of the London 2012 Games.

The 20 year old from Colchester celebrated her Paralympic Games debut by equaling her personal best to take bronze in the Under 40kg class at the ExCeL today (Thursday 30 August).

Newson opened up with a lift of 84kg. She failed with her first attempt at equaling her PB of 88kg, but then successfully completed her second attempt.

And that was enough to guarantee her a medal. Although Vietnam’s Thi Hong Nguyen managed the same total, Newson took the medal due to her lower body weight.

“I’m really proud,” she said. “I thought I’d come here and be fourth or fifth and maybe set a personal best, but I’m so excited now.

“Usually I’m so laid back whatever happens, but this means a lot to me,” she added. “The crowd really helped me and it’s really good that they are here to support you.

“Most of my family and friends were here as well, so it was awesome.”

Turkey’s Nazmiye Muslu set both a world record for the weight category to take gold with a new benchmark of 109kg.

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