The heavyweight divisions of the judo competition came to a conclusion Friday, and when the dust settled France had itself two gold medalists.
In the women’s heavyweight competition Emilie Andeol defeated Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz by ippon just over three minutes into the golden score period to win France’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in that division. Ortiz, who won gold in London four years ago, falls just short of her goal of repeating as Olympic champion in the event. Ortiz has now won a medal in each of the last three Summer Olympics, as she took bronze in Beijing in 2008.
In the men’s heavyweight division Teddy Riner repeated as Olympic champion, defeating Japan’s Hisayoshi Harasawa in the gold medal final that matched the top two heavyweights in the world. Riner hasn’t lost a match in nearly six years, dating back to well before his first Olympic gold medal in London, so while the possibility of a matchup with Harasawa loomed entering the Olympics the general expectation was that he would return to the top spot on the medal stand.
Winning the bronze medal bouts in the women’s heavyweight division were Kanae Yamabe of Japan and Yu Song of China, with Brazil’s Rafael Silva and Israel’s Or Sasson doing so in the men’s heavyweight competition. Silva’s bronze is Brazil’s third judo medal in these Olympics, and the 22nd in the nation’s Olympic history in the sport.