Judo’s -78 Kg was one of the most competitive and toughest weight divisions at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Top contenders from all around the world tried their best to capture the gold, but Japan’s Shori Hamada rose to the occasion and secured the 7th gold medal for her country.
Shori Hamada achieved her life-long dream of becoming the Olympic champion right in front of her own people, and the moment she defeated her opponent in the finals the celebration started and it was a sight to behold. In the elimination round of 16, she defeated PACUT Beata of Poland with two Waza-aris to advance into the next rounds. In the quarter-final, she faced and defeated BABINTSEVA Aleksandra of ROC with an Ippon to advance in the next round. In the semi-final, she faced and defeated Anna-Maria Wagner of Germany with an Ippon to claim her spot in the finals. She faced and defeated Madeleine Malonga of France to become the Olympic champion.
Madeleine Malonga of France came up short against Shori Hamda in the finals and got the silver medal
Madeleine faced and defeated Bernadette Graff of Austria with an Ippon to move forward in the division, in the quarter-finals she defeated ANTOMARCHI Kaliema of Cuba with an Ippon to advance in the semi-finals. Her semi-final bout was against Hyunji Yoon of Korea who lost the fight via Hansoku-make and Madeleine advanced in the finals. She lost the final to Shori Hamada of Japan and had to settle with silver.
Mayra Aguiar of Brazil and Anna-Maria Wagner of Germany got the bronze medals
Mayra Aguiar of Brazil defeated one opponent before she faced Anna-Maria Wagner of Germany at the quarter-finals and lost the round to her, she then moved into the repechage bracket and defeated two opponents to claim her bronze medal
Anna-Maria Wagner of Germany defeated two opponents to move into the semi-finals, she lost that round to the gold medallist Shori Hamada and was placed in the repechage bracket, she then defeated the Cuban to claim her bronze medal.