Gainsborough’s Paralympic hopeful Jack Hodgson took another big leap towards Rio 2016 qualification with a silver medal at the IBSA World Games.
The teenager was competing in the +100kg category in Seoul, Korea, and came into the event in good form having taken bronze in the Hungary World Cup and German Open, and silver in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Having already beaten a Russian judoka enroute to the final, the 18-year-old found himself up against Gaidar Gaidarov in the final and had to settle for silver, having being thrown for ippon.
Hodgson formed part of a successful British medal raid at the World Games, delighting coach Ian Johns: “I am over the moon with the performance of the team at these games.
“Obviously taking medals was our aim coming out here to Seoul, but we have gained much more than that.
“The performances of the athletes have been superb and I am very proud of the general professionalism of the squad. Jack Hodgson’s massive ippon in the semi-final and Sam Ingram strangling the world champion inside 17 seconds were highlights of the day.
“Our program is going in the right direction and I am excited about the future of British VI Judo.”
The IBSA World Games is an integral part of the road to Rio 2016 for Paralympic athletes, with major qualification points available.