July 28, 2012 / 4:00 PM / 5 years ago

Galstyan takes surprise gold in -60kg judo

Uzbekistan's Rishod Sobirov fights with Russia's Arsen Galstyan (blue) during their men's -60kg semi-final of table A judo match, at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia’s Arsen Galstyan was the surprise winner in the men’s -60kg category on Saturday, defeating the top two seeds on his way to gold.

Galstyan, 23, beat Japan’s Hiroaki Hiraoka, silver medalist at last year’s world championships, with an ippon, an automatic winning score, just 40 seconds into their final clash.

He joined jubilant Russian team mates in celebrations in front of standing ovation from a crowd which included a large number of disappointed Japanese fans.

Fourth seed Galstyan, 23, had earlier shocked Uzbekistan’s Sobirov, who had been aiming to add an Olympic gold to his two successive world titles.

Their close fight was only settled with a waza-ari throw in the extra time golden score period.

Sobirov, 25, a bronze medalist in Beijing four years ago, secured a second bronze by beating France’s Sofiane Milous.

Brazil’s Kitadai Felipe took the other bronze, beating Italy’s Elio Verde.

Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by Ed Osmond

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