Quintavalle wins women's lightweight judo gold

Aug. 11, 2008, 7:24 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Italy's Giulia Quintavalle won the women's 57-kilogram judo gold at the Beijing Games on Monday, defeating Deborah Gravenstijn of the Netherlands.

Quintavalle took the early lead in the cautious final, then expanded on it with a throw with just under 2 minutes remaining. Gravenstijn, ranked 8th in the world, could not find an opening, and was held scoreless until the five-minute match ended.

Winning the bronzes were Brazil's Ketleyn Quadros, who defeated Australia's Maria Pekli in overtime, and China's Xu Yan, who upset world No. 2-ranked Barbara Harel of France.