Oak Harbor judoka wins Olympic bronze

Oak Harbor judoka wins Olympic bronze

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United States' Marti Malloy celebrates after winning against Italy's Giulia Quintavalle during their women's -57kg judo contest bronze medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012 ExCel arena in London


by KING 5 News and Associated Press


Posted on July 30, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 11:25 AM

LONDON -- American judo player Marti Malloy of Oak Harbor, Wash., won a bronze medal Monday in the Women's 57 kg category.

Malloy defeated Giulia Quintavalle of Italy to earn one of the two bronze medals awarded in the event.

After shaking her opponent's hand, Malloy was clearly emotional leaving the mat.

Malloy's father, Marty, watched his daughter from the stands, where he was wearing a T-shirt with "Malloy" emblazoned on it, designed like a judo uniform.

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"All I can ever remember about my daughter is her going to judo tournaments since she was 6," he said.

Malloy wasn't sure how he would reward his daughter but said there would definitely be celebrations.

"First I'm going to have a beer in her honor," he said.

Malloy had made it to the semifinals and was close to advancing to the gold medal match. Romania's Corina Caprioriuto threw her with just seven seconds left in regulation. That sent Malloy to the bronze medal round.

The Whidbey Island native stunned the field in her first bout, knocking out No. 2 seed Telma Monteiro of Portugal.

Monteiro defeated Malloy in their two last meetings, but U.S. coach Jimmy Pedro described Malloy's recent form as "spectacular."

On Monday, Malloy fought off Monteiro's aggressive attempts to grip her uniform and repeatedly tried to throw Monteiro. The fight went into overtime, when Malloy swept Monteiro's foot to make the winning throw.

Last week, Pedro predicted that if Malloy could get past Monteiro, she would be likely to make it to the semifinals.

Malloy moved on to defeat Colombia’s Yadinys Amaris in the Round of 16, then Russia’s Irina Zabludina in the quarterfinals.