Japan's Ishii takes heavyweight judo gold

Aug. 15, 2008, 7:47 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Japan's Satoshi Ishii won Japan's fourth gold medal as the Olympic judo competition ended Friday, defeating Uzbekhistan's Abdullo Tangriev in the men's over 100-kilogram division.

Ishii, making his Olympic debut, went ahead on points and held on to the bell as Tangriev fought a defensive match and failed to mount any serious offensives.

Ishii took the lead with a koka point, and nearly ended it with 1 minute, 30 seconds left when he executed a sweep that narrowly failed to fall his opponent. He got a yuko to widen the margin and Tangriev could find no room to fight back.

Winning bronze were Cuba's Oscar Brayson, who defeated Mohammad Reza Rodaki of Iran, and France's Teddy Riner, who pinned Georgia's Lasha Gujejiani.

Judo awards two bronze medals in each weight class.