American judoka Dartanyon Crockett just missed a bronze medal, as losing to Uzbekitani judoka in the men’s -90kg at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea.
London 2012 bronze medalist Crockett had a good beginning with the first winning over Brazil’s Antonio Tenorio in round 16. British judoka Samuel Ingram, however, defeated him with half cross choke (Kata-juji-jime) in just 16 seconds in the quarter final.
Fortunately he was able to compete in the bronze medal match, after beating Turkey’s Sabri Yur and Argentina’s Jorge Lencina consecutively in the repachage round 16 and quarter final, respectively.
His luck did not continue until his last match. He was defeated by Uzbekitan’s Shukhrat Boboev in the end.
He said that today’s competition was tough. “There are a lot of strong competitors and new players. The toughest match for me was match against Great Britain and my bronze medal match,” he said.
Crockett explained tha he concentrated on movement, techniques and conditioning. his small injuries made him hard to train steadily last year. “Right after last year’s World Championships, I had a shoulder surgery. That forced me to stay away from training. And I had a wrist injury later on 2014. Those small injuries aren’t serious, but just disturbing,” he said.
He is planing to work on techniques, ahead of next competitions.
“My next goal is to get ready for the 2015 ParaPan American Games in Toronto, and to win gold there. After that, I’m aiming to take home a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Beyond Rio 2016, I also want to compete at Tokyo 2020, as well.”