Rio ’16: Judo- Day 3- 5 Results
The United States lost Marti Malloy during the Women’s 57 kg round of 16. Although neither Malloy or her opponent, Chen-Ling Lien of Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), scored in the regulation four minutes, Malloy committed two fouls or shidos (exact penalties unknown) which resulted in Lien’s better score of 0-0s2.
After scoring wins by submission and Waza-ari (a partial throw worth 10 points USA’s Nick Delpopolo found himself in contention for a bronze medal after losing his third contest by ippon (a perfect throw worth 100 points that results in the end of a match.) He had one more match ahead of him before he could compete for the bronze medal. Delpopolo hopes were dashed with a pair of penalties as well, the crippling one be for non-combativity. He finished in seventh place.
“I had a good day. This is the top of the mountain,” he told USA Judo later, “If I can compete at this level going through what I’ve gone through, I think I can do it again.”
The Americans rebounded today with a former training partner of former UFC champion Georges St. Pierre taking a silver medal in Judo. Travis Stevens won his team’s first combat-based medal of the games with a leg choke win over Avtandil Tchrikishvili of Georgia. Russia’s Khasan Khalmurzaev took gold by ippon, but Stevens was elated nonetheless after two other failed attempts.
“It’s hard not to just break down in tears,” “Not from losing in the finals, but from what we’ve overcome as a staff and loved ones to get me to this day. This medal is as good as gold.”
Colton Brown was eliminated from the Men’s 90 kg round of 16 after France’s Alexandre Iddir led him with a score of 10s2-0s2.
Overall Medal Count
Team USA continued to lead after Day 4 with 26 medals (9G, 8S, 9B.) They are now firmly ahead of China’s 17 (8G, 3S, 6B) in total number, but remember that the number of gold medals determines a country’s ranking. Hungary is in third with 6 medals (4G, 1S, 1B.)
Day 5 is still ongoing.