Judo; Trstenjak replicates compatriot Urska by winning gold in Rio

Tina Trstenjak

 

World champion Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia claimed the title that compatriot Urska Zolnir, a member of her country’s coaching team in Rio, won at London 2012 in the women’s under 63kg category .

After beating home favourite Mariana Silva in the semi-final, Trstenjak faced world number two Clarisse Agbegnenou of France as the familiar foes extended their rivaly into an Olympic gold medal match having previously squared off in European and World Championship finals.

The Slovenian entered the match leading their head-to-head series 2-1 and, having never met in anything other than a final, it was Trstenjak who powered to top honours as she held down her French opponent for 20 seconds and ippon.

Slovenia’s only two Summer Olympic gold medals for females have both come in judo and both in the under 63kg category.

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