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United States’s Cynthia Paige Simon loses to Spain in women’s 57kg judo quarter finals


Simon walks out before the start of her match Image: Laura Hale.

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LondonEngland — The United States‘s Cynthia Paige Simon was quickly pinned in her women’s 57kg judoquarter-final match against Spain’s Monica Merenciano Herrero at the ExCeL centre in the second day of Paralympics competition.

The first match of the competition for both competitors., Simon’s previous best had been a third place finish in last year’s German Open; Merenciano Herrero’s best previous 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 B2-classified Herrer, who competed in the 63kg class in in the 2004 Athens Games and the 57kg event in Beijing, earning a pair of bronze medals. Prior to the Games, she, “I hope I can repeat winning a medal, but this time the gold, that would be great.”

Simon will continue on in the repechage whilst Herrero advances to the semifinals.

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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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