China's Tong wins heavyweight women's judo

Aug. 15, 2008, 7:32 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Tong Wen of China came through with a big throw in the closing seconds to defeat Maki Tsukada of Japan and take the women's over 78-kilogram gold on the final day of the Olympic judo competition Friday.

Tsukada, the Athens champion, took the lead two minutes into the bout with a leg sweep that sent Tong to the mat. Tong, a three-time world champion who has beaten Tsukada repeatedly, took a koka point to narrow the gap. With just 16 seconds left, Tong found her opening and threw Tsukada to the mat.

Slovenia's Lucijia Polavder defeated South Korea's Kim Na-young by a point to win bronze. The second bronze went to Cuba's Idalys Ortiz, who flipped Mongolia's Tserenkhand Dorjgotov with a match-ending throw.

Judo awards two bronze medals in each weight class.