Saturday, September 15, 2007

France and Cuba win gold medals at world judo championships

2 hours ago, September 15, 2007

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) — A jubilant France team once again found itself among the medal winners as Cuba, Brazil and Georgia grabbed their share of gold on the second day of the world judo championships here Friday.

France woke up Saturday to discover a new king of the tatami following the stunning victory of teenager Teddy Riner over Russia's Tamerlan Tmenov in the final of the men's +100 kg - considered the most prestigious category.

On the second day France claimed a further three medals, Gevrise Emane beating American Ronda Rousey by yuko to claim gold in the women's -70kg category for her maiden world title.

Defending world champion Lucie Decosse, an Olympic bronze medal winner in Athens, battled through four bouts to get to the women's -63kg category final.

But in the end the diminutive blond had to settle for silver after falling to koka at the hands of Cuban Driulis Gonzalez, who won the gold.

Anthony Rodriguez meanwhile gave the French hopes of a third gold medal from two days of competition when he made it to the final in the men's -81kg category.

But the Frenchman fell to ippon by Brazilian Tiago Camilo, who took the gold and left Rodriguez with the silver.

The only gold medal decided by sudden death - a five-minute long match, during which the first competitor to achieve a score is awarded the decision - came in the men's +90kg category with Georgian Irak Tsirekidze beating Greek Ilias Iliadis by yuko.

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