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Russia Is a New Judo World Power?
3.08.2012 09:44
Russia Is a New Judo World Power?
Viktoria Komova. Source:

Tagir Khaibulaev has claimed Russia's third gold in London, proving Russia's dominance in Olympic judo. On Thursday, 28-year-old judoka pleased all Russian judo fans again, defeating defending Beijing champion Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia with a match-ending ippon. Tagir is a golden medal winner, Naidan grabbed the silver and the bronze medals were won by Dimitri Peters of Germany and Henk Grol of the Netherlands.

      Khaibulaev became the world champion last year, and hasn’t lost at an international event since taking the title. A year earlier he also won the European Championsip.

      Besides this medal, Russia has already won two judo gold medals, the country's first since the breakup of the Soviet Union, and a bronze earlier this week.

      But the medals shower didn't end for the Russians after this gold medal on Thursday.

      Two Russian artistic gymnasts Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina won silver and bronze medals, respectively, being inferior only to sixteen-year-old American gymnast Gabby Douglas in the women's individual all around competition.

      Douglas triumphed with 62.232 points, just 0.259 ahead of Viktoria Komova, who has made a crucial mistake during the vault exercise. Then the Russian gymnast managed to make a really flawless performance in the remaining three disciplines, but the judges ruled her very low, with points worth only 15.100.

      Meanwile, Komova’s teammate Mustafina didn't let another American gymnast clinch the bronze medal.

      Also on August 2, Italy’s fencers beat Russia to win gold in the women’s team foil, a result that gives Italy’s Valentina Vezzali her sixth Olympic gold medal. The final duel ended with 45-31 Italy's win.

      The Russian team, consisted of Inna Deriglazova, Larisa Korobeinikova and Aida Shanaeva, who were victorious in the same event in Beijing for years ago, won just two of the nine matches in the finals. The Bronze went to South Korea.

      Russian shooter Vasily Mosin won the bronze medal in the Olympic men’s double trap shooting on Thursday, beating Kuwaiti shooter Fehaid Aldeehani in a shootoff.

      The golden medal was grabbed by Britain's Peter Wilson, who scored 188 out of a possible 200 to win by two points from Sweden’s Hakan Dahlby. It is Britain’s first shooting gold medal for 12 years.

      Russian swimmer Julia Yefimova won the bronze medal in the women's 200 meters breaststroke, finishing in 2:20.92.

      Rebecca Soni of the United States won the gold in 2:19.59 seconds, smashing the world record by half a second. Satomi Suzuki of Japan took the silver in 2:20.72.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Olympics 2012 Olympic Games 2012 Russian sportsmen Russian sport Russian judo 

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