Lukáš Krpálek claimed the Czech Republic’s first ever Olympic judo medal by winning gold in the under-100kg division in Rio on Thursday.

Krpálek threw Elmar Gasimov of Azerbaijan for the maximum ippon in the final with an inner reap technique before the two shared a sporting hug and soaked up the fans’ acclaim in the Carioca 2 arena together.

Cyrille Maret of France slammed Germany’s Karl-Richard Frey into the mat for ippon to win bronze while world champion Ryunosuke Haga of Japan submitted Ukraine’s Artem Bloshenko with a triangle choke to claim the other bronze medal.

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