USA Judo’s Marti Malloy, -57 kg (USA Judo Training Site, San Jose State University Judo/NYAC, San Jose, CA) is standing on top of the world – the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, where she won a silver medal today, added to the bronze medal she won at the Olympic Games in London last summer to solidify her status as a superstar in this sport.
Malloy hails from the USA Judo’s National Training Site at the San Jose State University Judo Club in San Jose. She went 5-1 at the World Champsionships today in her 57 kg. division, putting her in a very exclusive club of just 28 U.S. athletes who have medaled at this super elite tournament, second only to the Olympic Games in terms of prestige and international ranking points. Only four Americans have taken gold and now eight have won silver at the Worlds.
“So, so proud her!” said teammate Kayla Harrison of Wakefield, Mass., who took the nation’s first Olympic Gold Medal in judo, making history at the Games in London last summer. “Taking a bronze in the Olympics and following it up with a silver at the Worlds solidifies Marti as a top contender for that number one spot! I'm looking forward to watching her career continue to blossom. She's the best.”
One of those four U.S. athletes taking gold at the Worlds was her coach today alongside the mat, who also hails from San Jose State University Judo, Mike Swain, a USA Judo board member.
This victory puts another tremendous victory around her neck in a very short period of time. She has been on a vertical tear through the international circuit, taking not only the bronze at the Olympic Games in London and the silver at the World Championships today but also a gold medal at the Grand Prix Miami in June, another elite international tournament.
" Marti's determination to win is so inspiring,” said USA Judo President Lance Nading. “The improvements she continues to make every day are bringing her closer and closer to that Olympic Gold Medal she so deserves to win in 2016. It's going to be a great ride to watch for all of us."
"How exciting for Marti and the entire USA Judo family to fight for gold in Rio. Today was Silver but in 2016 it will be gold for Marti,” said USA Judo’s CEO Jose H. Rodriguez. “My congratulations to Marti and Mike Swain and his coaching staff at San Jose. They had Marti prepared and ready for this."
On her climb today, Malloy took down the No. 3 ranked fighter in the world in her division, Miryam Roper of Germany, and the No. 8 ranked judoka at under 57 kg., Ketleyn Quadros of Brazil on her home turf before a wildly cheering crowd of thousands.
Malloy started the day with an arm bar for ippon against Anriquelis Barrios of Venezuela .
She then picked up a yuko with a counter to win against Serbia's Jovana Rogic.
Then she bested Brazil's Ketleyn Quadros, ranked 8th in the world, with a tai otoshi for yuko.
In her fourth win, she threw Germany's Roper, ranked No. 3 in the world with Sumi gaeshi for ippon.
In the semi-finals, she threw Vlora Bedeti of Slovenia with Sode Tsuri Komi Goshi for a wazari (half the value of the ‘knock-out’ full point that ends a match) and a foot sweep for a minor point called a yuko.
In the Final for gold, Malloy was again fighting a Brazilian in front of the home crowd, Rafaela Silva, ranked No. 4 in the world. Silva countered Malloy when she came in for a throw and scored an ippon for the win and gold.