Hosts Germany were the dominant force at the 2017 Inas World Judo Championships in Cologne ©Erik Gruhn/DJB

Hosts Germany were the dominant force at the 2017 International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport (Inas) World Judo Championships in Cologne, winning seven titles at the inaugural edition of the event.

A total of 106 athletes from 13 countries competed in two sport classes in 23 weight categories at the ASV-Sporthalle.

Athletes were separated into two levels according to their functional ability.

Judoka in level one are able to compete against able-bodied athletes and can carry out most techniques.

Those in level two are able to do a smaller number of techniques.

Germany’s Jennifer Strauss claimed the first gold medal on offer in the women’s under-48 kilograms level two event.

Among Germany’s other winners were Michaela Stutz in the women’s under-52kg level one, Jasmin Siebelitz in the women’s under-63kg level one and Carina Niemeyer in the women’s under-78kg level one.

Stutz and Niemeyer both beat compatriots to success with wins over Stefanie Bohn and Sian Camp respectively.

Niemeyer, meanwhile, finished ahead of Finland’s Piia Komppa and Sweden’s Camila Gunnarsson.

Hosts Germany won a total of seven titles ©DJB
Hosts Germany won a total of seven titles ©DJB

Also securing victories for the home nation were Andreas Gramsch in the men’s under-60kg level one, Timo Karmasch in the men’s under-90kg level one and Christine Schlachter in the women’s over-78kg level two.

Gramsch was joined on the podium by Great Britain’s Kyle Jones and fellow countryman Andreas Krause, the respective silver and bronze medallists.

Completing the top three in Karmasch’s category were The Netherlands’ Japser Holtackers and Finland’s Joona Näkki.

The competition was sanctioned by Inas as part of the development of judo.

It was organised by the German National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and German Judo Federation.

Among the guests of honour were Friedhelm Julius Beucher, President of the German Disabled Sports Association and German NPC.

Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker and Germany President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also attended.

The chairperson of the Local Organising Committee, Klaus-Peter Gdowczok, thanked all participants, volunteers and supporters for making the event a success.