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Tong Wen vows Rio return

2012-08-03 22:06:08 GMT2012-08-04 06:06:08(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LONDON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese heavyweight judoka Tong Wen said she would keep going until after the Rio Olympic Games as she was stunned in her title defence at the London Olympics here on Friday.

Tong burst into tears after she won the bronze medal contest and admitted that she was disappointed.

"It was a pity. I came for the gold medal and can't pretend that I am happy with the bronze," she said.

"But the loss give me more motivation to go on and I will come back in Rio Olympics," announced Tong, 29.

Tong fell to Cuban Idalys Ortiz by yuko in the semifinal of women's +78kg event, which could be the biggest surprise of the whole judo competition. Tong has remained unbeatable since Beijing 2008 where she defeated Ortiz on her way to the crown.

Tong won by ippons in all the other four matches including the bronze medal contest on Friday.

"We had three gold medals last time. But this time, we have been in such a need for a title and they counted on me. There were too much pressure that stopped me from bringing out all my potential," said the Tianjin native.

In Beijing, China triumphed in three women's events, 52kg, 78kg and +78kg and bagged a bronze in women's 57kg while in London, the team had one silver from women's 63kg from the earlier competition and defending champion Yang Xiuli finished seventh in 78kg contest on Thursday.

"We have not achieved as many medals as we wanted. Our goal is to win gold medals. We need to work harder but we can still achieve our goal," Tong said.

Coach Wu Weifeng believed her protege remained number one in +78kg despite her slip here.

"I am proud for her. She is the most competitive judoka in this class. She would be the champion if not for that tiny mistake," said Wu, who began to train Tong 16 years ago.

"I thought she would retire after London (if she had won) but now she decided to carry on. So we are going to keep on together for Rio," she said.


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