London 2012

Judo joy for Menezes

Gold medals for Brazil and Russia on day one of judo

Last Updated: 28/07/12 5:11pm

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Sarah Menezes: Won gold for Brazil

Sarah Menezes: Won gold for Brazil

Brazil's Sarah Menezes beat defending Olympic champion Alina Dumitru of Romania to claim Olympic gold in the women's extra-lightweight under-48kg category, while Russian Arsen Galstyan produced a shock in the men's event at ExCeL.

Dumitru, set to retire after the London Games, had earlier seen off the challenge of two-time world silver medallist Tomoko Fukumi in the semi-final.

However, Menezes gradually got on top of what was a tight encounter, landing a crucial scoring throw with under a minute left and followed with another in the closing stages to secure the Olympic title.

Top seed Fukumi left empty-handed after she was beaten on golden score in the bronze-medal fight-off by Eva Csernoviczki of Hungary, who had been strangled unconscious during an earlier bout.

Charline van Snick of Belgium claimed the other third place after overcoming Argentina fighter Paula Pareto, also in sudden death, on golden score.

Russian delight

In the men's event, world number five Galstyan took the gold medal.

He defeated double world champion Rishod Sobirov, of Uzbekistan, on golden score in their semi-final, before overcoming Japanese fighter Hiroaki Hiraoka in the final with a superb ippon throw after just 40 seconds.

Sobirov added another Olympic bronze to the medal he won in Beijing when he beat Sofiane Milous of France. Brazilian Felipe Kitadai secured the other third place with victory over Italian Elio Verde.

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