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France, South Korea nab judo gold

London, England (Sports Network) - France's Lucie Decosse bettered her previous Olympic performance by winning gold in the women's 70-kilogram judo final on Wednesday.

Four years ago in Beijing, Decosse won silver while competing in the 63kg. The 30-year-old captured gold at a higher weight, defeating Germany's Kerstin Thiele.

Decosse has previously won a pair of world championships and a world cup at her new class.

"I've waited so long, I really wanted it, now I can't tell you how happy I am," she said of winning gold, France's first in this event. "I was feeling strong all day today. I was really feeling it since this morning; it felt good all day and now I have the gold."

Taking home bronze medals in the women's 70kg were Colombia's Yuri Alvear and Edith Bosch of the Netherlands.

The men's 90kg also handed out gold on Wednesday, with South Korea's Song Dae- Nam scoring a win over Asley Gonzalez of Cuba. Song was making his Olympic debut and at 33 years, 118 days old became the oldest winner of any judo event at the Olympic Games.

"At the age of 33, winning a gold medal is amazing," noted Song. "I tried really hard and was in good condition. I tried my hardest, I want to thank everyone, I'm glad I didn't disappoint anyone. I am very happy to keep my promise."

Greece medal favorite Ilias Iliadis, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Games, had to settle for a bronze, as did Japan's Masashi Nishiyama.

08/01 12:53:10 ET


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