Kim lifts Korea‘s fifth judo gold medal

  • Published : Nov 14, 2010 - 23:04
  • Updated : Nov 14, 2010 - 23:04

GUANGZHOU, China (Yonhap News) -- South Korean Olympic judo silver medalist Kim Jae-bum bagged his first Asian Games gold medal on Sunday, fueling the country‘s ambitious run to dominate the sport at Guangzhou.

Reigning world champion Kim threw down Uzbekistan’s Shokir Muminov by Ippon in the final of the men‘s under-81 kilogram division at Huangong Gymnasium in southern Guangzhou.

Bronze medals went to Japan’s Masahiro Takamatsu and Kazakhstan‘s Islam Bozbayev.

Kim’s fellow teammate Lee Kyu-won won the bronze medal for the men‘s under-90kg class, along with Taiwan’s Tseng Han Chieh.

Lee lost to Mongolian Enkhbat Erdenebileg in the quarterfinals but took bronze through repechage.

With Kim‘s gold, South Korea leads judo with a total of five gold medals, followed by Japan with three golds. The team won three titles on Saturday, sweeping heavyweight categories, including the men’s over-100kg and under-100kg.