Japanese judo fans can breathe a sigh of relief: After three days of competition the country that invented the sport finally won a gold medal at the London Olympics, thanks to Kaori Matsumoto.
Fighting in the women's 57K division Monday, Matsumoto defeated Romanian Caprioriu in the final, using footwork to gain an advantage and eventually throw the Romanian for the victory.
The women's 57K bronze medals were won by American Marti Malloy and Automne Pavia of France.
Malloy's father, Marty, watched his daughter from the stands, where he was wearing a T-shirt with ''Malloy'' emblazoned on it, designed like a judo uniform.
''All I can ever remember about my daughter is her going to judo tournaments since she was 6,'' he said.
Malloy wasn't sure how he would reward his daughter but said there would definitely be celebrations later.
''First I'm going to have a beer in her honor,'' he said.
Japan had already won two silver medals and one bronze in judo, but it expects the gold virtu...