Written by Che on 29 Oct 2023

 

The Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games concluded with a memorable closing ceremony on October 28, 2023, marking the end of an exceptional sporting endeavour. Over 3,000 athletes from diverse backgrounds showcased their remarkable abilities, creating history in the largest multi-sport Para Games in Asia. Judo, one of the highlights, took place from October 23 to 25, 2023, at the Linpu Gymnasium in Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou, China. With 210 athletes representing 17 countries and regions, the competition was fierce, resulting in thrilling matches and inspiring performances..

Venue for Judo competitions

China, as the host nation, demonstrated their Judo prowess and delighted the home crowd with their impressive performance. The Chinese Judo team showcased their skills and determination, securing the top spot in the medals table. They earned a total of 5 gold, 2 silver, and 4 bronze medals, highlighting their commitment to excellence in the sport.

Parajudokas showed excellent Judo skill in competitions

While China dominated the Judo competition, other nations also displayed their talent on the mat. Kazakhstan finished in second place, capturing 3 gold, 4 silver, and 7 bronze medals. The athletes from Kazakhstan showcased their resilience and skill, making their country proud. The Islamic Republic of Iran claimed the third position with 2 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals, further solidifying their reputation in the Judo arena.

A notable moment of triumph occurred for Kyrgyzstan as parajudoka KHUSAN KYZY Khaiitkhon created history by securing her country’s first-ever gold medal at the Asian Para Games. Competing in the women’s -48kg J1 final, KHUSAN KYZY, who began her judo journey just two years ago, demonstrated her determination and skill. She emerged victorious, defeating Japan’s HANGAI Shizuka by ippon, and her remarkable achievement will undoubtedly inspire athletes in Kyrgyzstan for years to come.

KHUSAN KYZY Khaiitkhon takes the first gold medal for Kyrgyzstan

The Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games will be remembered as a celebration of the incredible abilities and spirit of Para athletes. It provided a platform for athletes from diverse backgrounds to come together and compete at the highest level. The Judo competition, with its captivating matches and remarkable performances, exemplified the power of sports to inspire and unite.

Medals were presented by leaders of the Asian Paralympic Committee

As the curtains closed on this momentous event, the athletes’ achievements will continue to inspire future generations and serve as a reminder of the boundless potential within each individual. The Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games showcased the triumph of the human spirit and the enduring legacy of sporting excellence.