England Judoka Peter Vincent gave an outstanding performance to take a silver medal in the under 100Kg Senior Category at the CSIT World Sport Games in Lignano, Italy. The CSIT World Sport Games is a multi-event sports festival promoting fair play and encouraging friendship and mutual respect bringing countries and athletes closer together through sport. It is held every two years and recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Peter is pictured with his silver medal with Chairman of the Technical Judo Commission Georges Michel on the left and Secretary Patrick Hannecart on the right.
Peter beat Italian Antonio Marani by wazari throw into a hold down for ippon and followed this with an ippon against Belgian National under 21 Medallist Glen Holsbeeks. This set up an exciting encounter with popular Austrian National Senior medallist, Christophe Radlherr, for the silver medal with Peter scoring a wazari throw followed by a further wazari throw to take the contest. Peters only loss was to Iran’s gold medallist Mohammedniya Ali with the Iranian producing a massive ippon to take the win.
‘I have worked hard all year to get in to a position where I could medal in this prestigious event. I was honoured to carry the Union flag in the opening ceremony. I was pleased with my performance overall as the Iranian team were the surprise package of the judo competition and the experience I gained has been invaluable. I was lucky to spend time and practice with both the Belgium and Finland Squads and the training camp was taken by a Japanese instructor from the Tokei University, who coaches the Austrian squad’.
‘I would like to thank my sponsors Virgin Active Rustington, Greenwich Leisure Foundation and also the Talented Athlete Scholarship (TASS) for their amazing support enabling me to attend the World Sport Games which has been a highlight of my career to date’.
‘I spend a lot of time training and competing in Belgium and they had a young and talented team with them, some of whom will be competing in the Belgium Nationals this year and the Belgium League. My favourite training with them was the Beach Wrestling which is great for judo and great fun’.
I was lucky enough to fight for the Finnish team in the team competition which was a great honour as they did not have an under 100kg player and the team took third place with the Iranian Team taking Gold against the Austrians who took the silver medal in a very entertaining encounter. I managed to have another crack at the Iranian who beat me and I went the distance giving him a good fight and getting some practice against a top player’.