CLICK HERE HIGHLIGHT: Men's 81 kg (178 lbs) Medal Ceremony
Korean Jae-Bum Kim won the gold medal in the men's 81kg weight.
CLICK HERE FULL REPLAY: Men's 81 kg (178 lbs) Final
German Ole Bischof took the silver.
The finals were a rematch of the finals in the same weight class from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Bischof defeated Kim that year, but Kim returned the favor this season.
Russian Ivan Nifontov and Canadian Antoine Valois-Fortier won the two bronze medals.
Valois-Fortier won his bronze medal match against American Travis Stevens, who won his first three matches and then lost in the semifinals to Bicschof.
MEN -81kg: KIM TURNS TABLES ON BISCHOF
Kim Jae-Bum’s KOR gold medal winning performance may in some way help to erase the memories of his defeat to Ole Bischof in Beijing in 2008. In taking the -81kg category here today, Kim wrested the crown from Bischof in a controlled and workmanlike performance that had more to do with Bischof’s drained condition than Korean superiority. Not to take anything away from Kim however. He was as polished and entertaining as we have come to expect and wears the crown by right. “It’s the happiest day of my life and I’ve waited these last for years to achieve this goal”. Despite his loss, Bischof was gracious in praising Kim. “Of course I’m sorry to have lost the final but I was completely drained after my semi final with Stevens. Now it’s my turn to be runner-up for the next four years.”
In the-81kgs an awesome Travis Stevens (USA) and Ole Bischof (GER) blasted their way to the one side of the Olympic draw to meet in the semi final. Stevens was a man possessed all day, attacking and chasing every contest. In the quarter-final he caused a big upset, when he took out the world number one and top seed Leandro Guilheiro (BRA).
Bischof, the reigning Olympic Champion at the weight, has been in inspired form in 2012, winning the 2012 Paris Grand Slam and 2012 Dusseldorf Grand Prix. From his very first contest Bischof set out his stall to attack, attack, attack and nothing else. He is arguably the best judoka in the world in Newaza at the moment.
In all three of his eliminations he won on the ground; the first two were hold-downs and then, most spectacularly, the third a Juji-gatame armlock against Japanese seed Takahiro Nakai.
The semi final between Stevens and Bischof was one of the hardest contests in judo history. Both men threw everything at the fight, attacking relentlessly, and were still doing so as Golden Score came to an end, with still nothing to separate them. This was one of those very rare contests where neither judoka deserves to lose. But in the end one has to, and the decision went unanimously in favour of Bischof.
On the other side of the draw Korea’s double World Champion Jae-bum Kim had battled through some tight preliminary contests before he overcame 2009 World Champion Ivan Nifontov (RUS) in the semi final to set up a final showdown with Bischof. Both judoka wanted it so badly, but Kim had a bit more in the locker. Perhaps the toll of the semi-final prevented Bischof from really chasing the contest like he usually does. Two Yuko scores from Kim was enough to secure him and Korea the title.
As with Bischof, Stevens was shattered from his semi-final encounter and it made all the difference against Antonie Valois-Fortier, who closed the contest out by a single Yuko. Valois-Fortier had put in a remarkable display himself, coming from nowhere and no real results of significance, to put away three medal prospects for the category – Elnur Mammadli (AZE), Euan Burton (GBR) and Srdjan Mrvaljevic (MNE) – before losing to Nifontov in the semi final. As the fight ended both he and Stevens broke down in tears. Both men had been brilliant all day, but unfortunately only one of them would be standing on the podium. The second bronze was taken by Nifontov, who threw Nakai twice for Waza-ari. His medal was Russia’s third in the men’s weights from a potential four. They maintain their position on top of the judo medal table with two golds and Nifontov’s bronze.
CLICK HERE HIGHLIGHT: Men's Half Middleweight (81 kg, 178 lbs) repechages
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1. KIM, Jae-Bum (KOR)
2. BISCHOF, Ole (GER)
3. NIFONTOV, Ivan (RUS)
3. VALOIS-FORTIER, Antoine (CAN)
5. NAKAI, Takahiro (JPN)
5. STEVENS, Travis (USA)
7. GUILHEIRO, Leandro (BRA)
7. LUCENTI, Emmanuel (ARG)
THESE WERE THE JUDO MEDAL PROJECTIONS FOR "LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS"
Gold: Jae-Bum Kim, South Korea
Silver: Leandro Guilheiro
Bronze: Takahiro Nakai, Japan, Travis Stevens, U.S.A.
CLICK HERE Highlights: Urska Zolnir Defeats Xu Lili To Win Gold
Slovenia's Urska Zolnir won her country's first Olympic judo gold on Tuesday, triumphing in the women's -63kg category.
The 30-year-old world number three, who won bronze in Athens in 2004, defeated China's Xu Lili in the final, getting the all important winning score when she threw Xu over her shoulder for a waza-ari.
Slovenia had only ever won bronze in judo before and Zolnir's gold was their fourth in any sport.
It was also China's first judo medal in London after picking up three gold and a bronze in Beijing.
The quarter-finals had earlier produced major shocks with both of the category's standout judokas, Japan's Yoshie Ueno and France's Gevrise Emane, surprisingly defeated.
World number one Ueno, who trudged off dejected after her loss, bounced back to win bronze, adding to her family's medal collection as her sister Masae was an Olympic judo champion in Athens and Beijing.
Emane, 30, the world champion, also recovered to take the other bronze, defeating Ueno's conqueror Joung Da-woon of South Korea, to win France's fourth bronze medal in judo in three days.
CLICK HERE HIGHLIGHT: Women's Half Middleweight (63 kg, 139 lbs) Quarterfinals
CLICK HERE HIGHLIGHT: Women's Half Middleweight (63 kg, 139 lbs)
CLICK HERE FULL REPLAY: Women's Half Middleweight (63 kg, 139 lbs) Quarterfinals
Highlights: 63kg Repechage Matches
Highlights: Women's Half Middleweight (63kg/139 lbs) Semifinals
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1. ZOLNIR, Urska (SLO)
2. XU, Lili (CHN)
3. EMANE, Gevrise (FRA)
3. UENO, Yoshie (JPN)
5. JOUNG, Da-Woon (KOR)
5. TSEDEVSUREN, Munkhzaya (MGL)
7. SCHLESINGER, Alice (ISR)
7. WILLEBOORDSE, Elisabeth (NED)
THESE WERE THE JUDO MEDAL PROJECTIONS FOR "LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS"
Gold: Yoshie Ueno, Japan
Silver: Gevrise Emane, France
Bronze: Lili Xu, China, Anicka van Emden, Netherlands
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