South Korea's Kim Wins Gold In Men's 81kg Judo
South Korea’s Kim Jae-Bum won the gold medal in men’s half-middleweight judo (81kg) defeating Ole Bischof of Germany in the finals, scoring twice by yuko (a throw which places an opponent on their side).
Kim got revenge for the Beijing gold medal match in 2008, which he lost to Bischof. Since that time he has established himself as the top judoka at this weight class, winning gold at both the 2010 and 2011 World Judo Championships. Bischof has fallen off somewhat since his 2008 gold, but had a strong performance to earn a somewhat unexpected silver.
The bronze medals were captured by Russia’s Ivan Nifontov and Antoine Valois-Fortier of Canada. Valois-Fortier beat American Travis Stevens in his bronze medal match after Stevens lost a close match to Bischof in the semifinals. Nifonotov defeated Japan’s Takahiro Nakai in his bronze match, making this the first men’s judo event of 2012 in which Japan has failed to medal.
Urska Zolnir Wins Gold Medal In Women's 63kg Judo Final
Slovenia has something to be proud of Tuesday morning as Urska Zolnir was able to earn the country their first gold medal in women's judo. The 63-kilogram judoka defeated China's Lili Xu in the final on Tuesday morning, earning the victory for her throw in the first minute of action despite both combatants remaining on the offensive throughout the match.
Zolnir, who works in the Armed Forces according to her bio on the 2012 London Olympics website, was one of the more experienced judokas in this year's games. The 30-year-old had took home the gold medal in the same division at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but was unable to medal in Beijing -- despite being her country's flag bearer at the opening ceremony that summer.
Bronze medals in the women's 63-kilogram event went to Yoshie Ueno of Japan and Gevrise Emane of France.
Novak Djokovic Eliminates Andy Roddick, 6-2, 6-1
Remember when Andy Roddick was awesome? That was really cool. He hasn't been among the world's elite men's tennis players for a long time, and he was completely overmatched by Novak Djokovic on Tuesday at the London 2012 Olympics. Losing to Djokovic in straight sets is hardly embarrassing, but Roddick was far from his best in a 6-2, 6-1 Djokovic victory.
Roddick used to live on his very difficult to return serve, but he only managed five aces to Djokovic's 14. He appeared resigned to his fate after Djokovic's first break in the second set and allowed the Serbian to cruise to a 54-minute victory. Djokovic won 86 percent of points on his first serve and converted on all four of his break point opportunities during the match. The second-seeded Djokovic now awaits the winner of the second-round match between Australian Lleyton Hewitt and Serbian Marin Cilic.
Whitewater Men's C-1 Gold Medal Event: France Captures Gold
Frenchman Tony Estanguet captured the gold medal in men’s whitewater canoe slalom for the third time on Tuesday. Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis took silver and 2008 gold medalist Michal Martikan of Slovakia claimed the bronze.
Estanguet won with a time of 97.06 seconds on a perfect run, winning by more than a second. Tasiadis clocked a time of 98.09 and Martikan came in at 98.31 seconds. The three men were clearly the class of the field as fourth place (Spain’s Ander Elosegi) came in at a time of 102.61.
Estanguet and Martikan have dominated the sport of whitewater canoe at the Olympic level for two decades now. The Frenchman took home gold in 2000 and 2004 in addition to this year while his Slovakian counterpart won the gold in 1996 and 2008.
The Germans continue with their strong Tuesday, having already claimed three medals in equestrian. The four medals on the day moves them up to five for the Olympics.
Women's Synchronized Diving 10m Platform: China Adds Another Gold Medal
China struck gold again on the diving platform on Monday. In women's synchronized diving 10m platform, Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao blew away the competition for the nation's third gold medal in diving of the 2012 Olympics.
Ruolin and Wang ended up with a massive 368.40 for their five dives, which outpaced Mexico's silver medal team of Paola Espinosa and Alejandra Orozco Loza by 25.08 points. The gap between the Mexican team and the fifth-place Australia team, by contrast, was just 21.60 points.
Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Rosaline Filion finished third, scoring the nation's second bronze in diving of these Olympics.
No American team made the finals, making this the first diving event of the 2012 Olympics in which the U.S.'s team has not medaled. China has won all three gold medals handed out in diving thus far.
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