FLASHBACK RIO: WOMEN

Olympic Games 2016

So much has been written about the pressures faced by athletes at an Olympic Games and yet still they [the athletes] find ways to surprise, confound and rise to the most special of sporting occasions. Under more pressure than most was current world and European champion Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) who was looking to add the Olympic title to her collection. For Trstenjak there was also the shadow to contend with of former teammate Urska ZOLNIR (SLO) who had won the same category four years earlier in London. Trstenjak’s win in the -63kg category was commanding and comprehensive and leaves little doubt as to her status. The 25-year old Slovenian is the highest ranked of all women on the IJF World Ranking List (ahead even of the USA’s double Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON) and will undoubtedly be back for the next cycle. The -63kg category belonged to Europe and was the only one (male or female) in which all four medals went to one continent. Former world champion Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) can feel proud of her silver medal winning performance in the -63kg category finishing ahead of Anicka VAN EMDEN (NED) and Yarden GERBI (ISR) who both collected bronze medals.

Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) had been widely tipped to take the gold medal in the -52kg category and so it turned out. That Kelmendi was not at her most explosive may have been slightly disappointing to those watching as the Kosovan is renowned for her powerful throwing skills. But this win was about taking gold and Kelmendi was not overly concerned with the way things looked. Italy’s Odette GIUFFRIDA made the jump from never having won a senior European or world medal to winning Olympic silver at her first attempt. At only 21 Giuffrida has time on her side.

If Kelmendi had been gritty, Trstenjak solid then Emilie ANDEOL (FRA) was for most people a complete surprise in winning the gold medal in the +78kg category. The signs were there if one cared to look for them, as Andeol had at least one previous win against each of YU Song (CHN), YAMABE Kanae (JPN) and Idalys ORTIZ (CUB) all three finishing on the podium. But Andeol was not considered a favourite and her win must for her be all the sweeter for knowing that she completely upset the odds. There was well-deserved silver too for Andeol’s teammate in the -78kg category Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA). The 26-year old Frenchwoman, herself a world champion in 2011, probably had the toughest draw of all in which she defeated 2013 world champion SOL Kyong (PRK), Natalie POWELL (GBR) and 2014 world champion Mayra AGUIR (BRA) before falling in the final to reigning Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA). In one of the hardest categories of all, Anamari VELENSEK (SLO) also managed to win a bronze medal.

Natalia KUZIUTINA (RUS) won Russia’s first Olympic medal for women since Tea DONGUZASHVILI won bronze in Athens 12 years ago, which coincidently is where Telma MONTEIRO (POR) began her quest for an Olympic medal. Monteiro’s efforts paid off as the 30-year old Portuguese judoka secured bronze in the -57kg category. Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) and Sally CONWAY (GBR) won bronze medals after seeing number one seed Kim POLLING (NED) lose in the first round to the only unseeded Japanese fighter TACHIMOTO Haruka who went on to win the gold medal.


LONDON 2012    RIO 2016

Gold

           

Urska ZOLNIR SLO 

Lucie DECOSSE FRA

Majlinda KELMENDI KOS

Tina TRSTENJAK SLO

Emilie ANDEOL FRA

2

3

Silver

Alina DUMITRU ROU 

Corina CAPRIORIOU ROU 

Kerstin THIELE GER

Gemma GIBBONS GBR

Odette GIUFFRIDA ITA

Clarisse AGBEGNENOU FRA

Audrey TCHEUMEO FRA

4

3

Bronze

CSERNOVICSKI Eva HUN

Charline VAN SNICK BEL

Rosalba FORCINITI ITA

Priscilla GNETO FRA

Automne PAVIA FRA

Gevrise EMANE FRA

Edith BOSCH NED

Audrey TCHEUMEO FRA

Karina BRYANT GBR

Natalia KUZIUTINA RUS

Telma MONTEIRO POR

Yarden GERBI ISR

Anicka VAN EMDEN NED

Sally CONWAY GBR

Laura VARGAS KOCH GER

Anamari VELENSEK SLO

9

7

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Events


News

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