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China's Xian Dongmei wins women's 52kg judo gold
19:22, August 10, 2008

Xian Dongmei of China celebrates after defeating An Kum Ae of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during the women -52 kg final of judo at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, Aug. 10, 2008. Xian Dongmei gained the gold medal of the event. (Xinhua Photo)

Defending champion Xian Dongmei won China's first judo gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Sunday, stunning Kum Ae An from DPR Korea in the 52kg class final.

Xian flipped Kum Ae An with a yuko and a penalty koka.

After giving birth to her daughter 18 months ago, the 33-year-old Chinese judo veteran gave three ippon games in the women's light-weight competition, which added the fifth gold medal to China at the Games.

Soraya Haddad from Algeria oustered Sholpan Kaliyeva from Kazakhstan with a waza-ari to grab a bronze medal.

Japan's 19-year-old Nakamura, gave a koka loss to Kum Ae An at semifinal, made a struggling way to the final after a gold-score game and later ipponed South Korean Kyung Ok Kim for another bronze medal of the star-studded Japanese judo squad.

After a bye in her first bout, Xian had a perfect start in which she ipponed Spanish Ana Carrascosa by directly pushing the opponent to the mat with just 1 minute and 19 seconds, sharing her symbolic smile with 5,000 cheering spectators in the gymnasium.

Meeting world champion silver medalist Telma Monteiro of Portugal in the next, Xian conceded an early yuko but rallied to tie waves of attacks. Leading another koka advantage with 45 seconds left in the five-minute bout, she shoulder throwed the Portuguese to the mat with a decision of waza-ari by the referee who soon rectified to gesture an ippon victory.

At the semifinal, Xian jumped on Soraya Haddad, world broze medalist in 2005, and again shoulder throwed the opponent to win another ippon.

Source: Xinhua

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