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[Tokyo Olympics] An Baul wins bronze in men's judo

July 25, 2021 - 19:24 By Yonhap
South Korean judoka An Baul defeats Italy's Manuel Lombardo by ippon in the brozen medal match in the Olympic men's 66kg event at Nippon Budokan on Sunday. (Yonhap)
South Korean judoka An Baul claimed the bronze medal in the men's 66kg event at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, reaching the podium for the second consecutive Summer Games.

An defeated Manuel Lombardo of Italy by a decisive ippon in the bronze medal match at Nippon Budokan for his second straight medal.

An won silver in the same class at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

An's is the first judo medal for South Korea in Tokyo.

An got his ippon with his signature "seoi nage," or a shoulder throw, about two minutes into the match.

An was considered a strong gold medal favorite here, alongside the Japanese star Hifumi Abe. The two ended up on the opposite sides of the bracket and wouldn't meet until the gold medal match.

Though An had been 0-2 against Abe, he had been building up for a showdown against the Japanese and had said he was ready to get his first win against Abe.

He never got that opportunity, losing to Vazha Margvelashvili of Georgia in the semifinals on a golden score in extra period. (Yonhap)