Judoka Lukáš Krpálek Scores First Czech Gold in Rio

Judoka Lukáš Krpálek Scores First Czech Gold in Rio

2014 Judo World Champion Lukáš Krpálek won the Czech Republic its first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics yesterday in Rio in the under-100kg division.

It’s also the Czech Republic’s first-ever Olympic gold in the sport of judo.

During a photo session after the win, he pulled out a photograph of friend and fellow judoka Alexandr Jurečka, who tragically died last year in a diving accident.

“I fought for my great friend, who unfortunately isn’t here,” Krpálek said, as reported by iDnes.cz.

“I promised him a medal.”

Krpálek formerly held the titles of World Champion in 2014 and European Champion in 2013-14. He’s now the current Olympic Champion.

The 25-year-old Krpálek defeated five opponents to claim the gold, throwing Azerbaijan’s Elmar Gasimov for an ippon, judo’s highest-possible score, in his final match.

In other judo action, USA’s Kayla Harrison retained her Olympic title against France’s Audrey Tcheumeo in the women’s division.

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Dave Park

David Park was born and raised in Baltimore and has been living in the Czech Republic since 2009 after studying journalism in Prague. No stranger to controversial topics, feel free to comment on his articles and let him know how you *really* feel.
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