Shohei Ono ended Japan’s Men’s gold medal drought in Judo event by winning the Men’s 73kg category at the Rio Olympics on Monday.
In the finals, Shohei Ono of Japan defeated Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan with an ippon — judo’s equivalent of a knockout to win the gold medal.
Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan won the silver medal.
The bronze medals were won by Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia and Dirk Van Tichelt of Belgium who defeated Sagi Muki of Israel and Miklós Ungvári of Hungary in their respective bronze medal matches.
Judo success—in particular that of the men’s team—is a source of national pride in Japan.
At Athens in 2004, Japan had won 8 gold medals of 14 categories in Judo but at London in 2012, they failed to win a single gold in Judo.
In Photo above you can see Shohei Ono of Japan with his medal presented to him on winners podium during medal presentation ceremony.