Former EDC Student Wins Judo World Title

Sun, 2000-12-24 00:00

East Durham College would like to congratulate former student Ben Quilter on his recent world title win.

World Champion Ben Quilter won gold at the 2011 IBSA World Games on Tuesday 5th April in Antalya, Turkey.

The 29-year-old, who studied on a BTEC Diploma in Sport at the College in 2002/03, won the -60kg VI world title in Antalya last year, had a bye in the first round before throwing a French opponent for ippon within a minute.

Next up was an absorbing battle with an Iranian judoka who he overcame to book a semi-final spot.

Ben fought his old rival, Azerbaijan's Ramin Ibrahimov, in a tense contest as Ramin led through a waza-ari as late as four minutes into the bout.

At the second attempt Ben pinned his opponent to narrowly beat the clock and score an ippon in an impressive come-from-behind victory.

Ben defeated Japan's Takaaki Hirai in the final to seal his first World Games title.

"It feels really good, I made hard work of it, but I'm still really pleased with the result," he said.

"I went into the competition expecting a medal so I did put that pressure on myself but I knew I was capable.

"There was a really good standard of competition, the same as the World Championships last year and I fought hard to get the gold."

Paralympic Programme Manager Dave Sanders said: "This is a fantastic achievement to win a World Championships title and now a World Games title too. 

"Ben has continued to work really hard over the last year and is always looking to push himself and improve. His continued success is an absolute credit to himself and the Paralympic Performance Coach, Jean-Paul Bell and the support team at the British Judo Performance Institute."