FAIRY TALE DAY FOR SILVA AS ONO SAVES FACE FOR JAPAN

Olympic Games 2016

The Carioca Arena 2 where the Olympic judo event is being staged in Rio burst into life on day three of competition. It’s not the first time that the crowd has been animated. However, by defeating number one seed DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) in the final of the -57kg category Rafaela SILVA (BRA) took gold and managed to keep the crowd vocal all day sending them home happy, something that none of her teammates had managed thus far. Current world champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) had to settle for a bronze medal, but Telma MONTEIRO (POR) was finally able at her fourth attempt to win bronze and her first Olympic medal.“I fought with all my heart today to win a medal. I did it for my country, for my family and all friends who supported me. I had had a surgery just before Rio, but I sacrificed everything for this Olympic medal,” said Monteiro. When asked about her plans for the future Monteiro answered, “I love judo, it's everything to me. I have always wanted to be on the top and I don't know if I'll stop.”

There are not many tournaments where the Japanese team can be kept off the number one spot on the podium. And yet, as with London four years ago, the Japanese team finds itself at the end of a third day at an Olympic games with only one gold medal. Their gold came in the -73kg category when current world champion ONO Shohei (JPN) defeated number two seed Rustam ORUJOV (AZE).

When asked about the final Orujov said, "I was focused going into the final and I wanted to be the champion and not in second place. But it is my best result so far. You could see - he was faster and outwitted me - in judo the most technical fighter wins. Orujov added, "I made some mistakes, but I think it's not meant for me. All of my career is in the future, so I think it will all be OK in the future.” With regard to his emotions after the final Orujov said, "I can't express how I'm feeling right now except to say that I'm very happy.” Orujov began judo as a young child and had this to say about growing up, “When I was eight years old, I was dreaming about these Olympic Games, so all my life I worked to this step, and so right now I'm the second-place winner of the Olympic Games. It's not bad for me. I will continue to fight to improve next time. But now I will celebrate with my friends."

It was Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) who caused an upset by putting out number one seed AN Changrim (KOR) in round three. Van Tichelt followed this with a quarterfinal win against number eight seed Denis IARTCEV (RUS), before losing out to eventual gold medallist Ono. When asked about his preparations for the games Van Tichelt said, “I was ready for this day and for a medal. I could not attack Ono how I wanted to. I was far too busy with kumi-kata and trying to put him in danger but he is quite fast, and every time I made a grip he attacked. I’ve lost twice against him; at the World Championships 2013 and also at the Grand Slam in Paris, one time left osoto and the other one right osoto but this time I had an answer for this and he felt it. Then he was afraid to do it again. The uchi mata did not work - he is a good judo player who took another trick out from his magic box with tomoe nage. Even though I'm not happy with bronze, losing against him [Ono] was a happiness.”

The second bronze medal went to Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) who having lost in the quarterfinal to Ono Shohei, was able to come back through the repechage to defeat Denis Iartcev and then Sagi Muki (ISR). Shavdatuashvili said, “There are only two men in the history of Georgia who won two Olympic medals. I want to continue and go for the third medal to break the record.”


-73 kg

1. ONO, Shohei (JPN)

2. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)

3. SHAVDATUASHVILI, Lasha (GEO)

3. VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)

-57 kg

1. SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)

2. DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)

3. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR) 

3. MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN)

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