LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - North Korea’s An Kum Ae won gold in the women’s -52kg category on Sunday after a day of surprises in which all the top seeds were knocked out in the opening rounds.
The 32-year-old, ranked 25th in the world, went one better than the silver she who won four years ago in Beijing by beating Cuba’s Yanet Bermoy Acosta with a yuko throw in the extra time golden score period.
Earlier she put out world champion and tournament favourite Misato Nakamura of Japan, a bronze medal winner in Beijing, before comfortably seeing off Italy’s Rosalba Forciniti in the semi-finals.
Bermoy Acosta, 25, had also looked impressive on her way to the final, comfortably beating Belgium’s Ilse Heylen, 35, who won bronze in Athens in 2004, in the semis.
Italian police officer Forciniti, 26, won bronze thanks to the decision of the referee and two judges in a very tight battle with Luxembourg’s Marie Muller, 27, who was seeking her country’s first Olympic medal since 1952.
A clearly overjoyed Frenchwoman Priscilla Gneto, 20, beat Heylen with an ippon throw to take the other bronze in extra time. (Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by Ed Osmond)