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China's Tong wins women's +78kg gold at world judo championships
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14:01, August 31, 2009

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Olympic champion Tong Wen of China won the women's +78kg gold medal at the judo world championships here on Sunday after beating Karina Bryant of Britain in the final by ippon.

The bronzes went to Cuba's Idalis Ortiz Boucurt and Japan's Maki Tsukada.

Tong said her next target was to win the Asian Games title in 2010 on home soil in Guangzhou.

"I think I performed very well throughout the whole competition. I have achieved a lot in the sport, but my goal is to prove it each time and to keep progressing, to become better and better," she said.

"The power is the beauty of judo. Hopefully the Chinese will be inspired by the success and I hope Chinese judo grows. I hope to perform at the Asian Games in Guangzhou and win a gold medal."

Meanwhile, powerhouse Japan came home without having won a gold medal in the men's events for the first time at a judo world championships after both national champion Takamasa Anai and Yasuyuki Muneta were defeated on the final day of competition.

Double world champion Muneta missed out on a medal when he suffered a third round loss to Mongolia's Gankhuyag Dorjpalam in their +100kg bout, while Anai was knocked out in the men's 100-kilogram quarterfinals.

France's Teddy Riner retained his title in the +100kg division, beating Cuba's Oscar Bryson for gold. Uzbekistan's Abdullo Tangriev and Lithuania's Marius Paskevicius both took bronze medals.

In the men's -100kg category, Kazakhstan's Maxim Rakov took gold by scoring an ippon success over Dutchman Henk Grol.

Source: Xinhua

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