N.Korea Wins 1st Olympic Gold

      July 30, 2012 14:01

      North Korea's An Kum-ae celebrates her gold medal victory during the awards ceremony for the women's -52kg judo competition at the London Olympics on Sunday.

      North Korea won its first gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics in the women's -52 kg judo on Sunday. An Kum-ae beat Cuba's Yanet Bermoy Acosta after a close match that stretched into overtime.

      An was a silver medalist in 2008 Beijing Olympics. This is the first time in 16 years that a North Korean judoka has won an Olympic gold since Kye Sun-hui, now coaching the national team, in 1996.

      North Korean weightlifters added two more medals to their country's count. Ryang Chun-hwa won bronze in the women's -48 kg category and Om Yun-chol gold in the men's -56 kg with a new Olympic record.

      With two gold and one bronze, North Korea currently sits sixth overall in the medal count.

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