August 9, 2008 / 11:26 AM / 11 years ago

Romania's Dumitru wins 48kg gold

Judoka Alina Alexandra Dumitru of Romania holds her medal after beating Yanet Bermoy of Cuba in the women's -48 kg Gold Medal Contest at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 9, 2008. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

BEIJING (Reuters) - Romania’s Alina Dumitru broke through for Olympic judo gold, beating Cuba’s Yanet Bermoy in the 48-kg final in Beijing on Saturday.

The quadruple European champion won emphatically, dumping her opponent on the tatami to score uko within the first 50 seconds, and then throwing Bermoy for an automatic ippon victory with minutes left on the clock.

Dumitru’s path to the final was treacherous, with a semi-final bout against Japan’s double Olympic champion Ryoko Tani, but the Romanian was unintimidated by her more-fancied opponent, who was penalized three times for passivity.

Argentina’s Paula Pareto took bronze in controversial fashion after referees over-ruled a waza ari awarded to her North Korean opponent Pak Ok Song, and gave it to her instead.

The score, awarded at the close of the match, prompted jeers and wolf-whistles from spectators, and saw referees leave the tatami to confer with officials.

Pak slumped to the tatami after referees over-ruled the score, and had to be coaxed back to her position to bow and shake hands with Pareto.

Tani cast off her previous passivity in the other decider, throwing Russia’s Lyudmila Bogdanova for ippon to clinch the second bronze.

(Editing by Alison Williams)

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