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Judo: Final Frames Of the Olympic Games

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Lee Griggs, Kumiko Makihara and Ellie Mcgrath/Seoul

If a gold medal were awarded for crowd participation, the winner would surely be the Koreans, who raised the rafters of the Seoul National University gymnasium when the favored Korean team took the gold in women’s table-tennis doubles over their Chinese rivals. National pride reached its climax on the day of the men’s singles, because one Korean star was up against another. As soon as young Yoo Nam-Kyu beat Kim Ki-Taik for the gold, he disappeared inside a sea of partisan photographers.

The roars at Changch’ung gymnasium were just as loud whenever a local boy < took the floor at judo last week. During the first two days of the competition, Korean judoka won both golds. By the time all seven events were completed, Korea had added a bronze to their total, while Japan, the originator of the sport, came away with but one gold and three bronzes.

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