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American judoka Myles Porter represents US at IBSA World Games in Seoul

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Myles Porter is one of 11 American men scheduled to represent his country in judo at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. Porter will be competing in the -100kg. He is the topped rank competitor in his class domestically, and he is ranked 12th in the 2015 IBSA World Ranking List.

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The-30-year old was born with visual impairment. He is a legally blind who lost acute vision. He encountered judo at the University of Toledo in Ohio in 2006. His judo techniques are influence by wrestling that he took up at high school. He was the third legally blind athlete to compete at the able-bodied judo competition, the Dallas Invitational Tournament in the United States, where he became the second finisher at age 20.

Porter is a two-time Paralympian. Although he could not make the podium at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing where he finished fourth, he took home a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London. He claimed silver and bronze at the World Championships in 2010 and 2011, respectively. He earned his first gold medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games, after defeating Brazil’s four-time Paralympic Champion Antônio Tenório da Silva. Recently, he finished fifth at Last year’s World Championships, held in his home country, and competed at the 2015 World Cup in Eger, Hungary. He is training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with the aim of making his third appearance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Judo is taking place at the Seoul Student Gymnasium, with competition officially getting underway on May 12 and running until May 15. Judoka will have the opportunity to start training on May 8, two days before the opening ceremony. Judo has been part of the IBSA World Championships and Games since the event’s inception, and has been on the Paralympic program since 1988 when Seoul hosted the Games. Women’s judo was added to the Paralympic program in Athen at the 2004 Games.

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.

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