Haruka Tachimoto of Japan won the gold medal in the Women’s 70 kg Judo event of Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Wednesday on a day when Japan won both gold medals on offer in Judo competitions.
26-year-old world number 14, Haruka Tachimoto who had never before won a major individual medal, defeated three-time world champion Yuri Alvear of Colombia in the final match after countering a hip throw attempt and then pinning her opponent for the maximum ippon score.
Bronze medals were won by Great Britain’s Sally Conway and Germany’s Laura Vargas Koch who defeated Austria’s Bernadette Graf and Spain’s María Bernabéu respectively in their bronze medal matches.
After a poor performance by Japan in Judo events where they won a total of 7 medals including just 1 gold across the 14 weight classes in judo, they have made a good comeback into the sport which they had invented.
In Rio 2016, so far a total of 10 weight classes have been contested and 4 are remaining, Japan have managed to win a total of 9 medals including 3 gold medals. So far the only division in which Japan has not finished on the podium is women’s 63kg.
In photo above you can see Rio 2016 Women’s 70 kg Judo Medal Winners – from left to right – Colombia’s Yuri Alvear (Silver), Japan’s Haruka Tachimoto (Gold), Great Britain’s Sally Conway & Germany’s Laura Vargas Koch (Bronze) with their medals on winners podium during medals presentation ceremony.