Cyril Jonard

Cyril Jonard (born 23 February 1976) is a French judoka. He competes in judo events for the visually impaired and blind. Jonard has Usher syndrome; he is both deaf and visually impaired. He competes against non-deaf judoka.[1]

Cyril Jonard
Medal record
Men's para judo
Representing  France
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens -81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing -81 kg

Jonard took part in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens. He won gold in the men's half-middleweight category (-81 kg) when he defeated Japan's Yuji Kato by ippon within just a few seconds in the final.[2]

He was subsequently awarded a knighthood in the Légion d'honneur, the highest decoration in France, by French President Jacques Chirac.[3] He also received a personal letter of congratulations from President Chirac for his achievement.[4]

Jonard represented France again at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and won silver in the under 81 kg category, defeated in the final by Cuba's Isao Cruz.[5]

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