Emilie Andeol was the first of two French judoka to capture gold medals on Friday. The world No. 5 upset the top two judoka in the women's heavyweight division back-to-back to claim her first Olympic title.
Andeol, a surprise finalist, faced Idalys Ortiz, the reigning Olympic champion, in a final round that went into a golden score period, judo's version of sudden-death overtime. The judoka battled for an extra three minutes of golden score time before Andeol earned the win by holding Ortiz down. After 10 seconds, the point at which a yuko gets awarded, Andeol had secured her victory, but she was able to pin Ortiz for another 10 seconds, thus attaining an ippon.
With the loss, Ortiz now holds an Olympic medal of every color. The three-time Olympian earned bronze in 2008, gold in 2012, and now silver in 2016.
Kanae Yamabe defeated Turkey's Kayra Sayit in the first Bronze Medal Match to win Japan's eighth bronze medal — and 11th total medal — in judo at these Games. (Male heavyweight Hisayoshi Harasawa won silver shortly after to increase the medal tally to 12.) Chinese judoka Yu Song, the reigining world champion, rebounded from an upset at the hands of Andeol in the semifinal round to throw South Korea's Kim Min-Jeong for an ippon and secure the other bronze medal.
Women's heavyweight results
Gold: Emilie Andeol (FRA)
Silver: Idalys Ortiz (CUB)
Bronze: Kanae Yamabe (JPN)
Bronze: Yu Song (CHN)