Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Japanese judokas win three golds in Asian Games

Japanese judokas win three golds in Asian Games
Japan won three gold medals on the third day of the 2010 Asian Games judo competition at the Huagong Gymnasium on Monday.
Hiroyuki Akimoto, Kaori Matsumoto and Misato Nakamura topped their respective events to add to the country's medal harvest.
World champion Akimoto overcame a leg injury to beat South Korean Wang Ki-chun in the men's under-73kg final. Akimoto scored a yuko in overtime after the regulation period ended scoreless.
"I wanted to win in a way so that my opponent will be convinced of his loss," Akimoto said in an interview with Kyodo News.
The Japanese admitted that it was not an easy journey for him as he was bothered by his injury throughout the competition.
"I had shots above my left ankle twice before the semi-finals and once before the final," he said.
Tajikistan's Rasul Boqiev and Uzbekistan's Navruz Jurakobilov shared the bronze medals.
Matsumoto gave Japan their first gold medal of the day when she ruled the women's under-57kg category. She scored a yuko against another South Korean Kim Jan-di to secure the win.
Matsumoto, however, was not pleased with her performance.
"I won but I'm not happy. I feel that I don't deserve to hold the title of being the world champion. It would have been no surprise if I lost the matches," she said.
Chinese Taipei's Lien Chen Ling and Mongolia's Battugs Tumen Od won the bronze medals.
Nakamura defeated Mongolia's Bundmaa Munkhbaatar in the final of the women's 52kg division. The 21-year-old beat her opponent with a submission move.
Nakamura also avenged her Beijing Olympics defeat to An Kum-ae when she defeated the North Korean in the semi-finals.
"Two years ago, I was at a complete loss against An. (Today) I could produce what I had been working on for the past two years. I'm glad I won. I think I've grown (mentally and physically)," she said.
An and China's He Hongmei took the bronze medals.
The only gold that slipped from the hands of the Japanese was in the men's 66kg division. South Korean Kim Joo-jin outpointed Uzbekistan's Mirzohid Farmonov to win the title.
North Korean Hong Kuk-hyon and Japanese Jumpei Morishita claimed the bronze medals.
Japanese athletes have now won six gold medals in judo. The final day of competition will be held tomorrow with medals at stake in the men's 60kg and open categories and women's 48kg and open disciplines.

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