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Japan's Ono defends judo title at Tokyo Olympics

Xinhua
27 Jul 2021, 03:44 GMT+10

TOKYO, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Shohei Ono successfully defended his Olympic title in the men's -73kg judo, becoming the first judoka to claim multiple gold medals in the category.

It is also the host nation's fourth Olympic gold in judo at the Tokyo Games.

One of the most intense battles of the day started in the men's -73kg quarterfinal between home favorite Ono and Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan, who had lost to Ono in the final at Rio 2016. However, Orujov failed once again, thumping the tatami with disappointment after Ono won with an ippon.

Ono then downed Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir of Mongolia in the semifinal, before clinching gold by defeating London 2012 men's -66kg champion Lasha Shavdatuashvili in the final, to become the fourth male judoka from Japan to win multiple gold medals.

Bronze medals went to Tsend-Ochir and South Korea's An Chang-rim.

In the women's -57kg event, Nora Gjakova of Kosovo beat France's Sarah Leonie Cysique in the final which was ended early due to a head-dive by the French judoka.

Japan's Tsukasa Yoshida and Jessica Klimkait of Canada took the category's bronze medals.

In the round of 32, China's Lu Tongjuan beat Daria Mezhetskaia of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team, but lost to Yoshida by an ippon in the next round.

Lu's first appearance in the Olympics was tough but memorable when Mezhetskaia scored first with a waza-ari.

"My coach told me to stay calm, so I pulled myself together and eventually won in golden score," the 31-year-old told Xinhua. "I have done the best I could do."

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