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Tong, Ishii win judo gold

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - China's Tong Wen and Satoshi Ishii of Japan earned gold medals Friday in the final day of judo competition at the Beijing Olympics.

Medals were awarded in the heavyweight classification for the men (+100kg) and women (+78kg).

Tong won the women's event, defeating Japan's Maki Tsukada, the gold medal winner four years ago in Athens. Slovenia's Lucija Polavder and Idalys Ortiz of Cuba won their respective bronze medal matches and will share the award.

"I had a belief that I must win this match," said Tong. "I am not only representing myself, I have a responsibility to fight for my country. Japan's judo is the most fantastic, but I was fighting for China's glory."

Ishii defeated Abdullo Tangriev of Uzbekistan in the men's gold medal match. This was the first Olympic Games for the 21-year-old Ishii, who has never even competed in the world championships.

Oscar Brayson of Cuba and France's Teddy Riner will take home bronze medals in the men's heavyweight.

08/15 10:16:08 ET


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