By Kuti Dare
Argentina’s Paula Pareto claimed her country’s first-ever Olympic judo title in the under 48kg’s competition.
Paula Pareto added the Olympic gold to the World Championships gold medal she had won last year.
She dominated South Korea’s Jeong Bokyeong in the final to win with a waza-ari.
Japan enjoyed another podium success as Ami Kondo shared the bronze medal with Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh of Kazakhstan.
The Arena was at least 70 per cent full but there was disappointment for the home crowd when defending champion Sarah Menezes lost her quarter-final match against Cuba’s Dayaris Mestre Alvarez.
Disappointment for the 26-year-old was compounded by pain after she dislocated her elbow in her repechage bout with Mongolia’s 2013 world champion Urantsetseg Munkhbat.