Olympics: Pareto wins women's 48kg judo gold

Argentina gold medallist Paula Pareto celebrates on the podium.
Argentina gold medallist Paula Pareto celebrates on the podium.PHOTO: AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Paula Pareto won Argentina's first ever judo gold medal at the Olympics by beating South Korea's Jeong Bo-Kyeong in the final of the women's 48kg category.

Japan's Ami Kondo and Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh of Kazakhstan took bronze as home favourite and defending champion Sarah Menezes crashed out in the quarter-finals.

Pareto struggled early on in the final and the contest even had to be briefly halted as she received treatment when she took an unintentional blow to the face from Jeong.

However, the 30-year-old battled back to land a waza-ari and defended her advantage to secure the first judo gold of the 2016 Games.