China takes 1 gold in Judo at Asiad
Ma Zhenzhao (R) of China competes against Iriskhon Kurbanbaeva of Uzbekistan during the Women's 78kg semifinal of Judo at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 26, 2023. (Xinhua/Li An)
HANGZHOU, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's judoka Ma Zhenzhao won the Women's 78kg category crown as individual events of Judo concluded at Hangzhou Asian Games here on Tuesday.
25-year-old Ma, who secured a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games five years ago, said that winning over Rika Takayama was a hard match because the Japanese judoka was a strong opponent.
"Grabbing the gold medal depends on my willpower and encouragement of all audiences at the gymnasium," said Ma, adding that the gold medal belonged to her team and she would try her best to prepare for the Paris Olympic Games.
In other four Judo gold medal matches on Tuesday, Kim Hayun from the Republic of Korea won a gold after defeating Xu Shiyan of China in the Women's +78kg category. Xu collected the second Judo silver for China after Tang Jing took the first in the Women's 63kg category on Monday.
Erlan Sherov from Kyrgyzstan won the gold in the Men's 90kg category, Uzbekistan's Muzaffarbek Turoboyev secured gold in the Men's 100kg category, and Magomedomar Magomedomarov of United Arab Emirates claimed the title in the Men's +100kg category.
Japanese judokas won four out of 14 golds on offer in the individual events, while Uzbekistan secured three golds. Chinese Taipei collected two golds, and China, the Republic of Korea, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and United Arab Emirates secured one gold each.
The mixed team contest is set to kick off on Wednesday.