Olympic Judo 2012: Day 1-3 Results, Highlights & More
Men's 60 kilograms
After upsetting the No. 1 world ranked judoka Rishod Sobirov, Russia's Arsen Galstyan took gold in the men's 60 kilogram weight class with an impressive 41-second ippon victory over Japan's Hiroaki Hiraoka.
An ippon Judo is scoring one full point over an opponent via throw, pin or submission. Considering that Galstyan did it in less than a minute is even more impressive.
Women's 48 kilograms
In one of the most improbable upsets of the 2012 Summer Games, Brazil's Sarah Menezes upset the defending Olympic gold-medalist Alina Dumitru of Romania in the women's 48 kilogram class for gold.
Menezes first scored with a waza-ari which is like an ippon, but it is only half of a point. So in addition, she scored off a yuko (getting opponent on their side) which is only acknowledged when a tie needs to be broken.
Men's 66 kilograms
The next up and coming judoka to watch for is Georgia's Lasha Shavdatuashvili. Despite only being 20 years old, Lasha took gold over Hungary's Miklós Ungvári in the men's 66 kilogram class
By scoring a yuko, Lasha broke the tie over the 2011 European champion and adds to his early repertoire from taking bronze at the 2012 European Championships.
Women's 52 kilograms
Upon winning the silver medal at the Beijing Games in 2008, North Korea's Kum Ae An went up to gold over Yanet Acosta of Cuba in the 2012 London final.
With the lone score being a yuko, Kum Ae did so by pulling Acosta backwards and on to her side. Now a two-time Olympic medalist, expect Kum Ae to be the favorite in 2016.
Men's 73 kilograms
We're only through three weight classes an Russia has a second Judo gold medalist. On Monday, Mansur Isaev won gold over Japan's Riki Nakaya.
Isaev won over the 2011 world champion with a common foot technique known as the uchi-mata. There, Isaev performed a toss over his hip by placing his foot between Nakaya's legs.
Women's 57 kilograms
After having two men fail in the finals, Japan has a gold-medalist in Judo from Kaori Matsumoto in the 57 kilogram weight class.
Scoring an ippon over Romania's Corina Căprioriu, Matsumoto rebounded in London after taking third during the 2011 World Championships (gold at the 2010 World Championships).
Elsewhere, USA's Marti Malloy won bronze to become only the second American woman to medal at the Olympics in Judo (Ronda Rousey in 2008).
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