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Tina Trstenjak has won a Gold Olympic Medal! Foto: Reuters

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Gold in Rio! Tina Trstenjak follows the footsteps of Urška Žolnir

First Slovenian medal in Rio
10. August 2016 ob 12:55
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

Tina Trstenjak has won a Gold Olympic Medal, In the final of the judo 63 kg category she beat her French opponent Clarissa Agbegnenou scoring an ippon and thus crowning a new unforgettable day for Slovenian judo.

It is the first Slovenian Olympic medal at the Games in Rio, and the 20th in total regarding summer Olympics. It is also the continuation of a tradition of excellent judokas. These will be the fourth Olympics in a row (Urška Žolnir in Athens 2004 and London 2012, Lucija Polavder in Beijing 2008) from which the Slovenian judo team will be returning home with a medal. Tina Trstenjak has thus succeeded her role model Žolnir at the throne, who retired after the Games in London and is now dedicated to coaching the new wave of judokas.

An ippon worth watching a hundred times
In the final match-up the 25-year-old native of Celje proved once again why she is the number one judoka in her category. Once she brings her opponent into submission, there is no judoka that can escape her pinning hold in twenty seconds. And that's exactly what Clarissa Agbegnenou – a world champion from 2014 – experienced. After just one minute Trstenjak threw her opponent for a “yuko”, gaining momentum for another move which later found the Frenchwoman lying down on the floor completely helpless. A fantastic ippon, the first smile on the face of the excellent Tina Trstenjak, and moments for Slovenian sports history…

A portrait of Tina Trstenjak
- born: 24th of August 1990
- place of residence: Celje
- height: 161 cm.
- weight: (up to) 63 kg.
- profession: student at the Secondary School of Economics
- club: Sankaku Celje
- coach: Marjan Fabjan

Medals from big competitions:
- 1. place at the World Championships in Astana 2015
- 1. place at the European Championships in Kazan 2016
- 2. place at the European Championships in Baku 2015
- 2. place at the European Championships in Montpellier 2014
- 3. place at the European Championships in Budapest 2013
- 3. place at the World Championships in Chelyabinsk 2014
- 3. place at the European U-23 Championships in Prague 2012

T. O., M. L.; translated by K. J.
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