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Sam Ingram wins second GB European judo gold

Ingram (second left) celebrates with his fellow medallists
Ingram (second left) celebrates with his fellow medallists

Sam Ingram won Britain's second gold medal at the visually impaired European Championships in Crawley.

The 26-year-old Coventry judoka, who won bronze at the Beijing Paralympics and silver at last year's Worlds, triumphed in the under-90kg category.

He beat France's Olivier Cugnon in a thrilling final for his first major international title.

Ingram's win follows Brighton's Ben Quilter's victory in the under-60kg category on Friday.

Quilter forced Russian opponent Artem Merkulov into submission in two-and-a-half minutes.

The 30-year-old is also reigning world champion after winning gold at the World Championships last year.

Ingram beat reigning Paralympic champion Oleg Kretsul of Russia in the semi-finals by ippon before his victory in the final.

"I've been chasing top spot for a long time, it was ideal getting to fight the Russian Kretsul and Frenchman Cugnon," he said.

"The team has managed to gel quickly, we've got a good mix of younger and older judoka and it's been a good weekend for us."



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