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Quilter calls it quits

London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist Ben Quilter has announced his retirement from competitive judo.

The 32-year-old - who won an Olympic medal last summer despite having snapped the cruciate ligament and ruptured medial ligaments in his knee just seven weeks before the Games - intends to continue within the visually impaired sport, having been recently elected to the ParalympicsGB Athletes' Commission.

"My circumstances have changed a lot since the Games, and to get myself back to my best and compete at the top level for Rio 2016 would need total commitment in time and effort," said the Dartford judoka, who had won gold at both the 2010 World Championships and 2011 World Games despite only having peripheral vision after developing Stargardt's disease in 1992.

"I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in making my judo journey such a memorable and enjoyable experience, and I hope to continue to pass on any knowledge and experience that I have obtained throughout my career, by mentoring, public speaking and coaching."