Chizuru Arai wins gold in women’s judo 70 kg final at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (Reuters) – Chizuru Arai won the gold medal in the women’s judo 70 kg final at the Tokyo Olympics on the 28th, defeating Austria’s Michaela Poleres in waza-ari (small soto-gari).

In his post-match interview, Arai talked about continuing to attack even after winning the point, saying, “I felt like I was going to go get one more shot, and with the biggest regret I had, I decided to keep attacking so that this tournament wouldn’t end.” Ta.

Arai’s semifinal match was a long battle that lasted over 16 minutes, and she defeated Madina Taimazova of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) by one ippon (okuri collar jime). Arai said, “She had spent the year feeling like she was going to be the best, so she fought with the feeling that she didn’t want to have any regrets.” looked back.

July 28th: ​​The women’s judo 70kg final was held at the Tokyo Olympics on the 28th, with Chizuru Arai defeating Michaela Poleres (Austria) using waza-ari (small soto-gari) to win the gold medal. The photo shows Arai smiling after winning the final. Photographed at Nippon Budokan (2021 Reuters/Annegret Hilse)

Taimazova, who lost to Arai, won the third place match and won the bronze medal.

This will be Arai’s first Olympics after missing out on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. After losing in Rio, she revised her judo style and won the World Championship in 2017, and the Grand Slam in 2020, qualifying her for the Tokyo Olympics.

Arai is 27 years old from Yorii Town, Saitama Prefecture. Influenced by his older brother, he started judo when he was in kindergarten, and in high school won the 70kg class at the Kanto tournament, winning all matches. He also won first place in the same class at the Inter-High School (National High School Comprehensive Athletic Tournament).

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2023-12-07 02:47:37
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