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Judo: Kaori Matsumoto takes gold at ExCel

Updated: Monday, 30 Jul 2012 19:41 | Comments

Kaori Matsumoto of Japan (white) competes with Kifayat Gasimova of Azerbaijan
Kaori Matsumoto of Japan (white) competes with Kifayat Gasimova of Azerbaijan

Japan's Kaori Matsumoto won Olympic gold over Romanian Corina Caprioriu after the latter was disqualified during the Golden Score period in the women's under-57kg final at ExCeL.

Caprioriu was penalised for trying to hold Matsumoto's leg to flip over the Japanese.

Defeated semi-finalist Marti Malloy won the bronze medal after defeating defending Olympic champion Giulia Quintavalle from Italy.

The American sealed the fate of the match within a short span of time by pinning Quintavalle on her back to score an ippon. Malloy had tears in her eyes as the crowd cheered her on after the victory.

The second bronze medal was bagged by Automne Pavia from France after she defeated Hedvig Karakas by a swift leg sweep which resulted in the Hungarian's fall.

The French flags were up in the spectator stands as Pavia climbed down to hug her coach before greeting French President Francois Hollande who was ecstatic at her win.

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USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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