U.S. Win Gymnsatics Gold; Khalmurzaev Clinches Judo Gold

United States won the The Olympic Women’s Team title in Gymnastics with a record margin. Dubbing themselves the ‘final five’, Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian proved that they are an untouchable force in Gymnastics as they tumbled and soared to victory with a total of 184.897 points. In a sport where tenths of a point can mean the difference between a Gold and no medal at all, their winning margin of 8.209 points was a blowout. In fact there was only 4.601 separating silver Medallists Russia from last-placed finalist Brazil. China trailed the Russians by just 0.685 of a point to finish with bronze. Meanwhile, Khasan Khalmurzaev earned Russia’s second judo gold medal of the Rio games, beating Travis Stevens of the United States for the top prize in the men’s -81kg category. Ending his campaign with a bang, the Russian won his final two matches by Ippon — Judo’s Equivalent of a knockout — over Sergiu Toma of the United Arab emirates in the semi-final and then Stevens. Stevens had been vying to become the first man from the United States to win Gold in Judo. Despite settling for Silver, it was third time lucky for the American after he had come home without a medal from the Beijing and London Olympics. Takanori Nagase won Japan’s sixth judo bronze medal so far in Rio. TOMA won the other bronze.

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