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Japan grasps first judo gold in London

07-31-2012 03:15 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Kaori Matsumoto brought Japan the first judo gold medal at London Olympic Games on Monday when she triumphed in the women's 57kg category, while Russian judoka Mansur Isaev brought his delegation a second judo gold.

Matsumoto was awarded an ippon by the judges after Corina Caprioriu of Romania committed a serious rule violation.

"My biggest goal of my life is to win the gold medal, so I'm relieved with that. I mean, just after I won the match, I was in great pleasure and now it changed into a relief," the 24-year-old girl said.

"I did not feel any pressure, I just competed for myself to accomplish my goal," she added. "Finally, I grabbed the gold medal. I want to praise myself to get such a nice result."

Marti Malloy of the United States stunned Beijing Olympic champion Giulia Quintavalle of Italy to clinch a bronze while Automne Pavia from France beat Hungarian Hedvig Karakas for the other bronze.

"I was really excited to come back after the repechage," Malloy said. "I changed my plans and I knew it would be a similar style match. I probably didn't commit 100 percent in the round before, but now I've beaten the Olympic champion. She's very experienced and I have a lot of respect for her."

Russian judoka Mansur Isaev produced a surprise to beat 2010 world champion Riki Nakaya of Japan to lift the men's 73kg title here on the same day.

"It's really amazing. Since I started judo so long ago I've been in so many competitions, and now I don't know how to say the emotions," Isaev said. "Today I gave a present to my family, my friends, my team, my coaches, everybody who has helped me all those years."

Beijing Olympics runner-up Wang Ki Chun from South Korea did not even have a chance to stand on the podium as he lost to Frenchman Ugo Legrand in the golden score.

Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal of Mongolia won his country's first judo medal here as he pushed aside 28-year-old Dex Elmont of the Netherlands.

However, the Dutch player complained that the referees' 3-0 decision was unfair.

"It wasn't the right decision. But, it convinced me that I had to fight even harder to win the bronze medal," he said.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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