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Uchishiba keeps Olympic judo title, France gets silver

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-11-16

Japan's Masato Uchishiba defended his men's 66-kg judo Olympic title with an easy win in the final against Frenchman Benjamin Darbelet, who took the silver, France's second medal so far.

 

REUTERS - Masato Uchishiba joined Japan's pantheon of judo greats, defeating Benjamin Darbelet of France to defend his Athens title in the final of the men's 66-kg category in Beijing on Sunday.


The wily 30-year-old veteran charged out to meet surprise finalist Darbelet, determined to dictate the pace of the bout as he had with all previous vanquished opponents.

In the end, he needed less than a minute and a half to subdue the Frenchman,
dragging him to the tatami with his legs before pinning him to the mat like an attacking bulldog.


A stunned Darbelet, appearing groggy after his head crashed against the mat, could only pat Uchishiba's side to indicate submission and gift the Japanese champion his easiest victory in the competition.


After a dour wrestle with Uzbekistan's Mirali Sharipov, North Korea's Pak Chol-min rolled his opponent on his back to score a late waza ari and win bronze.


Cuba's Yordanis Arencibia defeated Russia's Alim Gadanov in the other bronze medal decider.

Date created : 2008-08-10

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