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Rio 2016 Judo (day 5) – Japan obtains both women’s 70kg and men’s 90kg judo gold medals.

Rio 2016 Judo (day 5) – Japan obtains both women’s 70kg and men’s 90kg judo gold medals.

​Japanese judoka's win all the gold on day five of the Rio 2016 Judo Olympics. A day also marked by emotions with the judo legend Ilias ILIADIS (GRE) in his last competition on the international scene. Olympic champion in Athens in 2004, at the age of just 17, and triple world champion, the Greek bows out after an incredible career leaving place to a new generation of judoka's for which Japan took double gold in men's 90kg and women's 70kg.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games -90kg champion BAKER Mashu (JPN)

In the first semi-final BAKER defeated the man of the moment in unseeded CHENG Xunzhao (CHN) who had successively beaten Ilias ILIADIS (GRE), TOTH Krisztian (HUN) and Marcus NYMAN (SWE) who were all expected to mount medal tilts. CHENG defeated all three with his explosive and well-timed osoto-gari but could not get past BAKER who scored a waza-ari with a ouchi-gari before pinning down the Chinese fighter with a kuzure-kesa-gatame.

Final Results

  • BAKER, Mashu (JPN)
  • LIPARTELIANI, Varlam (GEO)
  • GWAK, Donghan (KOR)
  • CHENG, Xunzhao (CHN)
  • NYMAN, Marcus (SWE)
  • LKHAGVASUREN, Otgonbaatar (MGL)
  • IDDIR, Alexandre (FRA)
  • MEHDIYEV, Mammadali (AZE)
Rio 2016 Olympic Games -70kg champion TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN)

Confident four-time Grand Slam winner TACHIMOTO Haruka (JPN) struck Olympic gold as she won her country's first women's Rio 2016 judo gold medal.

TACHIMOTO said: "My medal is not a surprise for me, because I had decided before that I was going to be the new Olympic champion. I have worked a lot for this so I am not surprised now. It is hard to know exactly what has changed from London 2012 until now. But I tried to stay more concentrated and not to repeat the same mistakes that I had done before. The medal is mine but, behind it, there is much work of many people who helped me to get it. I want to say thank you to all of them".

Final Results

  • TACHIMOTO, Haruka (JPN)
  • ALVEAR, Yuri (COL)
  • CONWAY, Sally (GBR)
  • VARGAS KOCH, Laura (GER)
  • GRAF, Bernadette (AUT)
  • BERNABEU, Maria (ESP)
  • ZUPANCIC, Kelita (CAN)
  • BOLDER, Linda (ISR)

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