Top seed Quilter fights back from disappointment to take bronze in judo


Ben Quilter overcame a disappointing start to the day to win judo bronze for Great Britain at the ExCeL last night.

The No 1 seed in the under-60kg category was knocked out at the first hurdle by the reigning champion, Mouloud Noura of Algeria.

However, Quilter dusted himself down after the quarter-final defeat and, having come through two repêchage bouts, beat Japan's Takaaki Hirai in the bronze medal encounter.

"This morning I wanted to go home," Quilter said. "I would have happily have said 'F*** it'.

"It was such a long journey back from that. I am not used to losing and I've had the most amazing three years in the build-up to this.

"Seven weeks ago I snapped the cruciate ligament in my knee and severely ruptured the medial ligament on the inside of my knee so there were massive questions marks over whether I'd even be here. To be here and to win bronze is fantastic.

"Coming into today, I think I was kidding myself a little bit that I was still going to be able to perform to my best. It was far from my best but I had enough. I had fantastic support to get me here and I am just really pleased to have won a medal."

Like Quilter, multiple gold medallist Lee Pearson got off to a bumpy start in the team dressage. The 38-year-old – who is aiming to win 12 golds and become Britain's most successful Paralympian – admitted to an uncharacteristic mistake as he launched the challenge for a fifth successive team title.

Pearson posted the highest score in Grade Ib of the team event – 74.682 per cent on Gentleman – with his colleagues Sophie Wells, Deb Criddle and Sophie Christiansen all riding today. But it was not a vintage display by the nine-times Paralympic champion in wet and windy conditions at Greenwich Park.

Gentleman struggled for fluency in parts of the test, while Pearson, who was born with arthrogryposis and controls the horse using his hips, picked up two penalty marks for an error of course.

"It was just two circles, and I got them the wrong way around. It was rider error," he said.

"I had warned everyone about Gentleman's sense of humour. He warmed up perfectly, and then he came into the arena and realised a few thousand people were watching him. He lost all of his energy, and I had to nurse him throughout the arena. It's just in his head, really. He can be a bit cheeky sometimes when he goes in the arena."

Team medals will be decided on Sunday after scores are combined with individual competition results across all five grades and Britain are in good shape.

While veteran Pearson was disappointed with his perfomance, it was a different story for debutant Zoe Newson who won powerlifting bronze at the ExCel.

The 20-year-old from Colchester lifted 88kg to secure a podium spot in the women's under 40kg category.

Newson's bronze came on a magical day of powerlifting as Turkey's Nazmiye Muslu broke her own world record – just like Yakubu Adesokan of Nigeria did earlier in the afternoon. "It was outstanding out there," Newson said. "The crowd just pump you up.

"It was great to have a home crowd and have them behind you. It helps you get along and get stronger."

Shooter Di Coates was unable to feed off the home support though as she admitted that nerves got the better of her as her medal hopes in the R2-10 metres air rifle standing SH1 were dashed in agonising fashion.

The 58-year-old, competing in her eighth Games, missed out on a place in the final at the Royal Artillery Barracks by a one place and just two points. She finished in ninth place with 389 points, pipped to the top-eight place required to progress by a 70-year-old Australian, Elizabeth Kosmala, the oldest competitor at London 2012.

The eight-times Paralympic medallist opened with scores of 99, 98 and 98, but slipped to 94 in her fourth and final series, which proved costly. Holding back tears, she said: "My nerves got to me at the end, especially in my last two shots where I struggled.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk