Athlete Myles Porter finally nabs silver after fifth place finish four years ago…
About Myles Porter
A former football player at the University of Toledo and high school wrestler, Porter discovered judo through a class at UT and has been passionate about the sport ever since.
Porter, who is legally blind, fought for a medal at his first major international competition - the 2006 Blind World Championships - and placed fifth in his division. Later that year he became just the third legally blind judo player ever to earn a national ranking among sighted athletes when he placed second at the Dallas Invitational, a USA Judo Senior E-Level Point Tournament.
In October 2009, Porter won a bronze medal at the Rendez-Vous Canada, a USA Judo B-Level Point Tournament, where he fought against sighted players. The win made Porter the second U.S. visually impaired ever to earn a B-Level ranking and moved Porter into the #3 ranking in the United States among sighted athletes in the 100kg division.
In November 2011, competing at the Parapan American Games in a bout that was seen as a preview for the London Paralympics, Myles took his first gold medal in international competition by beating the defending Paralympic champion, four-time gold medalist Antonio Tenorio da Silva of Brazil.