In a close final, Asley Gonzalez was thisclose to winning Olympic gold… But instead he had to settle for the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The 22-year-old Cuban judoka lost to Song Dae-nam on Wednesday in the men’s -90kg category in judo when the South Korean fighter scored a half-point waza-ari just 10 seconds into overtime of their hard-fought final that was tied at the end of the regulation five minutes.
Song secured the gold by using speedy footwork to throw Gonzalez—ranked No. 4 in the world— for the win; both players were on the defensive for most of the match.
Gonzalez just couldn’t find a productive combat rhythm against the Dae-nam’s conservative approach.
It was the first Olympic medal for Gonzalez, who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Gonzalez’s medal is Cuba’s second silver in judo after Yanet Bermoy lost the women’s 52 kg class final to North Korea’s Kum Ae-An on Sunday.