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Dumitru, Choi win judo gold

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Romania's Alina Dumitru and South Korea's Choi Minho were gold medal winners in Judo at the Olympics on Saturday.

Dumitru won the women's 48kg division by defeating Cuba's Yanet Bermoy in the final. Bermoy won the silver, while Paula Pareto and Japan's Ryoko Tani shared the bronze.

Pareto beat Pak Ok Song of North Korea in one bronze medal match, while Tani topped Russian Lyudmila Bogdanova in the other.

However, the stunner came when Dumitru stunned Tani, a double gold medalist, in the semifinals. Tani hadn't dropped a major international competition since the Atlanta Games in 1996.

"It wasn't because Tani was passive. I guess she prepared well for this event," Dumitru said.

Choi, who won the bronze medal four years ago, upended Ludwig Paischer of Austria in the final on Saturday of the men's 60kg category.

Uzbekistan's Rishod Sobirov and Ruben Houkes of the Netherlands shared the bronze. Sobirov downed France's Dimitri Dragin in one bronze medal encounter, while Houkes defeated Israeli Gal Yekutiel.

It had been 16 years since a Japanese player lost an Olympic match, but the streak ended on Saturday when American Taraje Williams-Murray upset reigning Asian and Paris Super World Cup Champion Hiroaki Hiroaka.

In the next round, Williams-Murray and Venezuela's Javier Guedez matched up for the right to fight Houkes in the quarterfinals. Guedez won that match.

08/09 11:36:28 ET


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