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France, Cuba grab final judo medals

London, England (Sports Network) - France's Teddy Riner and Idalys Ortiz of Cuba were both winners in their respective weight classes on Friday, the final day of judo at the London Games.

The world No. 1 Riner picked up a gold medal by winning the plus-100 kilogram class, besting Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin. The 23-year-old Riner had already won five previous world titles and a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Riner gave France its 200th gold medal at the Summer Games and the fourth for the country in this division. Riner plans on adding to that total in four years.

"Next for me is Brazil at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games," he said.

Mikhaylin knocked off world No. 3 Rafael Silva of Brazil and former world champion Andreas Toelzer of Germany en route to his appearance in the final. Toelzer and Silva both won their respective bronze medal matches.

Ortiz, meanwhile, got the best of reigning Olympic champion Tong Wen in the semifinal, handing the Chinese 29-year-old her first international loss since the 2007 World Championships.

Ortiz, a bronze-medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Games, then defeated Japan's Mika Sugimoto for the women's plus-76kg gold.

"I have no way to describe how I'm feeling right now. This is every athlete's dream. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. All I can say is that I feel amazing right now," said Ortiz, who won Cuba's first gold medal in this discipline.

Tong and Great Britain's Karina Bryant won bronze medals, with each winning their match by ippon. The Brits picked up their second judo medal in as many days after earning just one since 1992 prior to these games.

History was made earlier in the tournament when Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani became the first female athlete from Saudi Arabia to compete in the Olympic Games. Wearing a tight black cap instead of the Muslim custom hijab, the 16-year-old lost her opening match against Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica by ippon just 82 seconds into the match.

08/03 12:20:41 ET


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