The men’s 66kg division was full of big throws and big celebrations thanks to one big personality.
Italy’s Fabio Basile earned gold in the weight class, and along the way delivered some truly inspiring performances.
Not much was expected of Basile entering the day, as he was ranked No. 29 in the world. But he quickly gained some attention for a powerful ippon delivered to his first opponent, Germany’s Sebastien Seidl, in the Round of 32.
In fact, all of Basile’s first three matches ended with an ippon.
The Gold Medal Match pitted Basile against the top seed in the tournament, South Korea’s An Baul. Once again, the Italian was able to score an ippon, and afterward had one of the most demonstrative celebrations ever seen in the normally reserved sport of judo when he did a backflip on the mat.
Gold: Fabio Basile (ITA)
Silver: An Baul (KOR)
Bronze: Rishod Sobirov (UZB)
Bronze: Masashi Ebinuma (JPN)