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Judo: Slovenia's Trstenjak wins gold, France on the board

August 10, 2016 02:26 IST

Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia and Mariana Silva of Brazil compete

IMAGE: Slovenia's Tina Trstenjak and Brazil's Mariana Silva compete during the 63 kg jUDO semifinal contests at the Rio Games on Tuesday. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/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.

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