Mongolia won its first Olympic gold and China its second of the games after two Japanese contenders crashed with first-round losses on the judo mats Thursday.
Mongolia got its first Olympic gold from Tuvshinbayar Naidan, who defeated Kazakhstan's Askhat Zhitkeyev in the men's 100-kilogram class.
"The first thing I thought of was my parents and my coach," said Naidan, who bolsters his judo with elements of traditional Mongolian wrestling. Mongolia has won medals in wrestling, boxing, shooting and judo in previous games, but never a gold.
The Olympic victory touched off celebrations by thousands in the central square of Ulan Bator, Mongolia's capital. Fireworks boomed, car horns blared and people celebrated by downing vodka. Mongolia has won medals in wrestling, boxing, shooting and judo in previous games, but never a gold. Gundegmaa Otryad won a silver medal in women's pistol shooting Wednesday.
Naidan marked a big upset over Athens Olympic champion Keiji Suzuki of Japan in his opening bout. He scored a waza ari with just under two minutes remaining in the final, then added on two yuko to seal the victory...for full story