RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Slovenia’s Tina Trstenjak defeated Clarisse Agbegnenou of France in the women’s -63kg category at the Rio Games on Tuesday, becoming her country’s second Olympic champion in judo.
After breaking Brazilian fans’ hearts by topping Mariana Silva in the semi-finals, top seed Trstenjak handily beat Agbegnenou by ippon less than two minutes into the final.
Israel’s Yarden Gerbi and Anicka van Emden of the Netherlands won bronze.
Agbegnenou’s silver snapped a medal drought for France, seen as a top contender in Rio but which had come up short in the first three days of judo action.
France is one of just three countries fielding a full team of 14 judokas in Rio and was hoping for a repeat of its strong performance in London four years ago, when it claimed seven medals - tied for the most with Japan.
Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Bill Rigby