On Friday, August 3, 2012, Idalys Ortiz of Cuba celebrated winning the gold medal over Mika Sugimoto of Japan in the women’s 78-kilogram Olympic judo on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games, improving on the bronze she won at the Beijing Games.
Born in Pinar del Río, the Cuban judoka, who is only 22 years old, defeated Mika Sugimoto of Japan in a long, drawn-out final, where both fighters struggled to get a grip or catch the other off balance. The match went into overtime and judges eventually ruled Ortiz the winner.
Earlier in the day, Ortiz triumphed over the competition’s top-seeded competitor, Wen Tong of China, in the semifinals. Tong was the defending Olympic champion and was unbeaten at international competitions since 2007. She later won a bronze in the repechage. The other bronze medal was won by Britain’s Karina Bryant.
For a series of amazing photos and videos of Ortiz, see http://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/a-tribute-to-judo-champ-idalys-ortiz-and-her-fanta
For more information, see http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/judo/story/_/id/8229997/2012-summer-olympics-idalys-ortiz-wins-women-78-kilogram-judo-gold and http://www.london2012.com/athlete/ortiz-idalys-1079370/