United States men’s judo team took home the first medal in the team division, after winning over Mongolia in the bronze medal match.
The United States lost to Brazil in the first round, but Scott Moore, the head coach of the men’s team was confident of winning a bronze medal.
“I really thought we had a tough match with Brazil, but I’m really confident about our bronze medal match,” he said.
Team USA’s first judoka, Ronald Hawthorne made a good start as beating Mongolian judoka in 50 seconds. Although Robert Alcorn and Ryan Jones were defeated in two games consecutively, London 2012 medalists Dartanyon Crockett and Myles Porters determined the team’s bronze medal in just less than 60 seconds each.
The women’s team that consisted of Christina Thomas, Marissa Arndt and Cynthia Simon showed a remarkable performance with three complete winnings against Mongolia in the first round. Their hope for a medal, however, was thwarted by China and Russia.
Despite no medal in the women’s team, Heidi Moore, the head coach of the women’s team was satisfied with today’s performance. “We were very excited. In the past, we haven’t had a lot of success for a women’s team competition, so to have all three win matches, to fight well against China and to be in the medal match, that is really exciting,” she said.
Moore believed that the 2015 IBSA World Games became an important step for the players.
“We’ve done a lot of good things at this event, but we have a lot of barriers that we know that we need to work on. When we are going back, we’ll work even harder. We have a lot young players in our team who are a lot of potential. We are pleased to be here, and this experience will help them next couple of years to come on strong.”
Now the United States judo team is to get ready for the 2015 ParaPan American Games. “Four years ago, we brought home a good number of medals, so we are hoping to bring home some more this year,” she said.
Judo took place at the Seoul Student Gymnasium between May 13 and running until May 16. The 2015 IBSA World Games is coming to an end with tomorrow’s closing ceremony in Seoul, Korea.