Lucie Decosse of France finally got an Olympic gold.
She defeated German Kerstin Thiele in a tense final Wednesday in the 70-kilogram category of Olympic judo - a match marked by aggressive grabbing and pulling that sometimes resembled a schoolyard fight.
Decosse won a silver at Beijing and is a triple world champion. She dropped to the mat on her back clutching her face after winning and had to be coaxed to her feet by the referee for the official announcement that she had won.
The 30-year-old was in top form Wednesday, winning several of her fights with a match-ending ippon. One bout ended in just 10 seconds after Decosse flipped her opponent flat on her back.
Before the match, Decosse acknowledged she was the favorite to win the division and believed that she could do it. ''I am confident but not cocky,'' she said.
Decosse's medal is the first judo gold France has won at the London Games. It has three bronzes.
The women's bronze medals were won by Yuri Alvear of Colombia an...