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Jonathan Drane

Rio 2016 marked Jonathan ‘Jono’ Drane’s Paralympic debut.

Jono got into judo at the age of 13 purely by chance. He subsequently began training at Kumo Judo Club in Norwich, home club of London 2012 Olympian and Rio 2016 hopeful Colin Oates.

Jono was a plumber with his own business before his eyesight began to deteriorate.  As a member of the British senior squad, he also attended the London 2012 Paralympics as a training partner before he formally joined the VI judo programme in 2013.

In his first ever VI competition, Jono clinched a pretty impressive victory (fighting at -73kg), seizing gold by winning every fight by ippon in an excellent display performance at the VI US Open in Colorado.

In 2014 he secured the biggest result of his career when he won bronze at the 2014 IBSA World Championships in Colorado, USA which all but secured his place at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

At Rio 2016 Jono missed out on the podium after he was defeated by Azerbaijan’s Rovshan Safarov in his bronze medal match.

At the age of 15 Jono was diagnosed with ADHD and he credits judo with helping him get through his teenage years. He is passionate about supporting people with ADHD and in 2014 he became a patron for the ADHD Foundation. 

He retired from professional competition in December 2016.

Major results

2015 Eger World Cup

2014 World Championships/Games USA

2014 Sao Paulo Grand Prix

2013 US Open


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