Judo; Russia claims first gold medal of Rio 2016

Beslan Mudranov

Russia’s Judoka, Beslan Mudranov won the Olympic gold medal in the under 60 kilograms category.

Mudranov, the 2014 World Championship silver medalist and European Games champion, had not even known if he would be able to participate here until four days ago as Russian athletes were forced to wait to be given permission by the International Olympic Committee.

The 30-year-old from Baksan produced a series of performances which combined attacking speed with defensive guile to set up a final with Kazakhstan’s world champion Yeldos Smetov.

Beslan Mudranov 1

Mudranov overcame tiredness to triumph with a golden score after both fighters were unable to register a point in regulation time.

A waza-ari deep in the extra-period proved decisive to claim a victory for Mudranov

Japan’s Naohisa Takato and Uzbekistan’s Diyorbek Urozboev each earned bronze medals to complete the podium

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