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Perennial Runner-Up Finally Wins Gold

Posted December. 04, 2006 06:44,   

Updated January. 04, 2018 15:45


Jang Sung-ho (Suwon City), who won silver medals in his previous major tournaments, finally won judo gold with an ippon (a full-point move that awards a match immediately) in the Asian Games. In the men뭩 under-100kg final held on December 3 at the Qatar Sports Club, Jang won an ippon over Ishii Satoshi from Japan and brought Team Korea its first gold. Ishii is Jang뭩 archrival as he has thwarted Jang뭩 gold ambitions twice in 2004 and 2005.

After the two players spent some minutes probing, Jang won a waza-ari (half-point) by using a kouchi gari technique (small inner reap) with a minute 58 seconds left. Then, with 11 seconds left, he completed his thrilling revenge by winning an ippon with a harai goshi technique (sweeping hip throw).

He must have been reflecting upon the numerous tournaments he had finished as runner-up: the 2001 Beijing Universiade, the 2003 and 2004 Asian Championships, the 2002 Busan Asian Games, and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

In the women뭩 under-78kg judo, Lee So-yeon (Pohang City) won a silver and in the women뭩 over-78kg, Kim Na-young added a bronze for Team Korea.