London 2012 Judo: Hungarian judoka wins bronze after strangling drama

Updated: 29 July 2012 02:26 IST

Hungarian fighter Eva Csernoviczki bounced back from being strangled unconscious to claim an unlikely bronze medal in the women's under-48kg Olympic judo competition on Saturday.

London 2012 Judo: Hungarian judoka wins bronze after strangling drama
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Hungarian fighter Eva Csernoviczki bounced back from being strangled unconscious to claim an unlikely bronze medal in the women's under-48kg Olympic judo competition on Saturday.

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Csernoviczki lost consciousness as she tried to resist a strangle in her quarter-final loss to Belgium's Charline van Snick.

The referee immediately stopped the bout, awarding it to Van Snick, while the slumped Csernoviczki's arm started shaking before she came round.

A medic was called but the Hungarian quickly recovered and was able to leave the mat without assistance.

Csernoviczki admitted later she hadn't even been aware she'd been unconscious.

"I didn't know I'd been sleeping, I thought the referee had called "matte" (halt)," she said.

"I was standing up and wanted to fight on but I was told that it was over.

"The next 30 minutes was very hard for me, I didn't feel good but my coach told me to focus on the next fight and then I was relaxed for the bronze medal fight.

"I made my tactics work and it was the first time I could beat a world number one."

Having lost in the quarter-final she was given a second medal chance in the repechage.

She beat China's Wu Shugen and then stunned world number one Tomoko Fukumi of Japan with a foot sweep in a sudden death golden score period to earn a podium finish.

"I still can't believe I've won it (the bronze medal), I've wanted to do this ever since I was a child," added Csernoviczki.

Topics : Judo Olympics 2012
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