A first for Mongolia: a gold in judo

Aug. 14, 2008, 8:12 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia won his nation's first gold medal ever, defeating Askhat Zhitkeyev of Kazakhstan in the men's judo 100-kilogram class.

Naidan, who upset Athens Olympic champion Keiji Suzuki of Japan in his opening bout, scored a waza ari with just under two minutes remaining, then added on two yuko to seal the victory.

Movlud Miraliyev of Azerbaijan took bronze by scoring a waza ari over Poland's Przemyslaw Matyjaszek. The second bronze went to Henk Grol of the Netherlands, who defeated Georgia's Levan Zhorzholiani.

Judo awards two bronze medals in each weight class.