Layana Colman (BRA) said her gold medal-winning performance in the women’s -52kg judo event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games came thanks to a year of extremely hard work .“All the work I put in is now worth it,” Colman said, as she smiled and choked back tears after her victory at the Longjiang Gymnasium on 18 August.
Colman was dominant from the start of the match and found victory by way of a choke hold at 1 minute, 22 seconds into the fight. The choke was so vicious that her opponent Betina Temelkova (BUL) immediately tapped out of the match.
Colman's coach, Danusa Shira Bittencourt (BRA), also said the victory came thanks to a huge amount of preparation and new-found discipline. “This past year has seen lots of preparation for this,” Bittencourt said. “She knows it has been worth it.”
Temelkova took silver in the weight class, while Lee Hyekyeong (KOR) and Marusa Stangar (SLO) claimed bronze medals.
The men’s -81kg final came down to a battle of endurance as neither Mikhail Igolnikov (RUS) nor Tamazi Kirakozashvili (GEO) managed to score an active point throughout the match. But Kirakozashvili picked up two penalties while grappling during the bout. That resulted in a yuko score against him that handed Igolnikov the gold medal.
Kirakozashvili took silver, while Frank de WIT (NED) and Ivan Felipe Silva Morales (CUB) earned bronze.
In the final gold medal match of the day, Szabina Gercsak (HUN) had three attempts to floor Stefania Adelina Dobre (ROU) before eventually finding an ippon throw to win the match and a gold medal in the women's -63kg weight class. The victorious throw came when Gercsak put her Romanian opponent flush on her back with 50 seconds left. Dobre claimed silver, while Jennifer Schwille (GER) and Michaela Polleres (AUT) both took bronze medals.