Judoka Beslan Mudranov wins first gold for Russia at Rio Olympics

The 30-year-old Russian athlete defeated Yeldos Smetov (Kazakhstan), who became a silver medalist.

Russian judoka Beslan Mudranov bagged the first gold medal for his national team in the Men -60kg Final at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 30-year-old Russian athlete defeated Yeldos Smetov (Kazakhstan), who became a silver medalist. The bronze medals went to judokas Naohisa Takato of Japan and Dierbek Urozboyev of Uzbekistan.

"Beslan is in the peak of his career. He is extremely responsible for what he does. I literally have to kick him out of the gym," Baboyan said adding he sometimes advises Beslan to have a rest and learn to do some shirking.

"He has the spirit, the potentials and the motivation. I have no doubt he will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo," Baboyan stressed.

Mudranov is planning to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo (Japan), the athlete’s personal coach Rudolf Baboyan told TASS.

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