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Friday, August 15, 2008

China and Japan grab final Judo gold

Chinese judoka Tong Wen threw defending Olympic champion Tsukada Maki of Japan for an ippon in the final of the +78kg weightclass to win the last gold in Women's Judo, while Japanese judoka Ishii Satoshi claimed gold in Men's +100kg by defeating Abdullo Tangriev from Uzbekistan in the final Judo event of the Beijing Olympics.

Women's +78kg

World champion Tong defeated defending Olympic champion Tsukada with an ippon in the final seconds of the match to clinch gold. The victory gave China its third Women's Judo gold medal of the Games, with the first won by Xian Dongmei in the -57kg division and Yang Xiuli winning in the -78kg.

"This is my first Olympics and 2008 in Beijing will be the greatest memory of my life," said Tong after winning the gold medal. "Actually I didn't think it was too difficult to beat her, I believed that I had the opportunity to win, even at the last minute."

Xiong Fengshan, the head coach of the Chinese Judo team expressed satisfaction with his team's performance. "In the Judo events at the Olympic Games we have won three gold medals and one bronze medal," he said. "We prepared very early and we have thought about all the possibilities, especially in the week before the Olympics started."

In the Bronze medal match, Lucija Polavder of Slovenia, a three time bronze medalist at the European Championships competing in her second Olympic Games, beat Kim Na-young of the Republic Korea with a koka to win the first of two bronze medals in the event. Idalys Ortiz of Cuba outplayed Tserenkhand Dorjgotov of Mongolia with an ippon to win the second.

Men's +100kg

Japanese judoka Ishii Satoshi, the silver medalist at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, overcame Abdullo Tangriev from Uzbekistan with a yuko to win the last Judo gold medal of the Beijing Olympics. This is Ishii's first Olympic Games.

"My strengths are guts and elusiveness, in the final I showed my Judo, my style," said Ishii after winning gold. "I was able to win the gold because of the many people that supported me. I really appreciate their support."

Oscar Brayson from Cuba, gold medalist at the 2008 World Cup, claimed the first of two bronze medals by beating Mohammad Reza Rodaki of Iran with two waza-ari. Teddy Riner of France, the European and world champion in 2007, scored an ippon on Lasha Gujejiani of Georgia to win the second bronze medal.

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