Canada's Amy Cotton wins judo gold
Canada's Amy Cotton was crowned champion of the under-78 kilogram category at the Moscow Judo Grand Slam on Sunday.
Kelita Zupancic of Whitby, Ont., also took home a bronze medal in the under-70kg class.
Cotton, ranked 15th internationally, scored a waza-ari and a yuko in the final bout to beat seventh-ranked Lkhamdegd Purevjargal of Mongolia for gold.
Cotton advanced to the final after winning by ippon against Hungary's Anett Meszaros in the first round.
Then in the semifinal Cotton used another ippon in the first minute of the match against Germany's Luise Malzahn to move on.
"Amy had three difficult competitors to face today and won each bout decisively. It's clear she's been working hard to come back after a difficult winter," said coach Nicolas Gill.
Zupancic, ranked 17th in her category, beat Russia's Ekaterina Dengenkova by ippon to move into the semifinal where she lost by yuko to Brazil's Maria Portela.
Portela went on to win gold.
"Kelita also had a great day today," said Gill. "In the semifinal … she lost because of a Shido [penalty]. That's how tight the match was."