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30 year Paula Pareto captures historic Olympic judo title for Argentina

6 Aug 2016 23:05

   David Finch / Judophotos.com
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The best day ever in Argentine judo had to come and today that day arrived with the Olympic gold of Paula Pareto. The wonder woman who took the World title last year, had already won Olympic bronze in 2008 in Beijing, but in Rio de Janeiro in the Carioca 2 Arena, she performed with the wonders of God.

Paula Pareto took the Olympic title for women U48kg and will forever be the legend, if she already wasn’t. In the final Pareto defeated Korean Jeong Bo Kyeong who was quite a surprise, although the 30-year old Argentine had a lot of competition herself and wasn’t supposed to repeat her world stunt of Astana last year, but Pareto kept cool and showed smart judo. In the final she scored quickly with a wazari and finished the job with gold. An emotional day in advance, but it was the experienced Pareto who stood on the podium before and knew what was necessary to have the best day here in Rio.

Pareto overcame 2014 World Champion Ami Kondo of Japan in the semi final which releaved her from the medal pressure, as she had at least silver and could go into the final without any fear and immediately showed her opponent that Pareto’s hunger wasn’t over yet. The Aregtine sports woman of the year won her pool via victories over Irina Dolgova, Russia talent, a key match. Then via Hungarian 9 time consecutive European medallist Eva Csernoviczki who suffered a small injury in that match but couldn’t get closer to Pareto who rather won her match between the two veterans.

Korean Jeong wasn’t expected in the final but the Koreans had an excellent preparation in silence and Jeong surprised Urantsetseg Munkhbat in the quarter final and defeated another surprise of today, the strong Cuban Dayaris Mestre. The Cuban won her pool with Julia Figueroa and Olympic Champion Sarah Menezes, who in the end finished seventh after her repechage loss to Munkhbat. For bronze Ami Kondo bested Munkhbat while tiny Galbadrakh Otgontsetseg of Kazachstan defeated Mestre by ippon. Galbadrakh was extremely close to the victory in her quarter final against Ami Kondo, and led by wazari but lost by ippon in the last minute.

Pareto delivered today and added the most important prize for Argentina on the first day, what a motivation for any athlete.

Olympic Champions women U48kg

Year

Judoka

Edition

2016

Paula Pareto (ARG)

Rio

2012

Sarah Menezes (BRA)

London

2008

Alina Dumitru (ROU)

Beijing

2004

Ryoko Tani (JPN)

Athens

2000

Ryoko Tani (JPN)

Sydney

1996

Sun Hui Kye (PRK)

Atlanta

1992

Cécile Nowak (FRA)

Barcelona

1988

Li Zhongyun (CHN)

Seoul

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  • Paula Pareto (ARG) - 2016 Olympic Games day 1 Judo U60kg & U48kg (2016, BRA) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Paula Pareto (ARG), BoKyeong Jeong (KOR), Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh (KAZ), Ami Kondo (JPN) - 2016 Olympic Games day 1 Judo U60kg & U48kg (2016, BRA) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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