Oak Harbor native wins bronze medal

  • Staff and wire reports
  • Monday, July 30, 2012 2:03pm
  • SportsSports

LONDON — When Marti Malloy returns from the London Olympics, her luggage is going to be a little bit heavier.

Malloy, who grew up in Oak Harbor and now lives in San Jose, Calif., won a bronze medal in judo in the women’s 57-kilogram division Monday.

“I peaked for this tournament,” Malloy said on the USA Today website. “It’s my first Olympics, and I feel fantastic to be leaving with the bronze.”

Kaori Matsumoto of Japan won the gold medal, defeating Corina Caprioriu of Romania in the championship match. Caprioriu was disqualified during overtime for an illegal attack from behind, but still earned the silver medal.

Caprioriu beat Malloy in the semifinals. Malloy then rebounded to defeat the defending gold medalist, Giulia Quintavalle of Italy, in a bronze-medal match.

En route to the semifinals Malloy upset the No. 2 seed in the tournament, Telma Monteiro of Portugal. Monteiro had defeated Malloy in their past two meetings, but U.S. coach Jimmy Pedro described Malloy’s recent form as “spectacular.”

Malloy fought off Monteiro’s aggressive attempts to grip her uniform and repeatedly tried to throw Monteiro. The fight went into overtime, when Malloy swept Monteiro’s foot to make the winning throw.

Malloy’s father, Marty, watched his daughter from the stands Monday, where he was wearing a T-shirt with “Malloy” emblazoned on it, designed like a judo uniform.

“All I can ever remember about my daughter is her going to judo tournaments since she was 6,” he said.

Marty Malloy wasn’t sure how he would reward his daughter but said there definitely would be celebrations.

“First I’m going to have a beer in her honor,” he said.

In judo, two bronze medals are awarded in each weight class. Automne Pavia of France joined Malloy as a bronze medalist.

Also in the stands Monday was French president Francois Hollande. Pavia said she was pleased he was there.

“He said he was a little disappointed (she didn’t win gold) but was still very happy,” she said.

More in Sports

Mat Classic notebook: E-W tops 3A team standings after Day 1

The Warriors send 5 wrestlers to the semifinals to lead a parade of local 3A teams with good outings.

Glacier Peak girls fall to top-ranked Woodinville in OT

The Grizzlies lose to the undefeated Falcons 62-57 in the Wes-King Bi-District Tournament title game.

Glacier Peak boys ride stifling defense to bi-district title

The undefeated Grizzlies rout Inglemoor 50-29 in the Wes-King Bi-District Tournament title game.

Lewis hoping to provide pop for M’s in first full season

The former AquaSox outfielder set a MLB record by hitting a HR in 6 of his first 10 career games.

Prep postseason results for Friday, Feb. 21

POSTSEASON POSTSEASON RESULTS FOR FRIDAY, FEB. 21, AND UPCOMING MATCHUPS: BOYS BASKETBALL… Continue reading

Butt’s late goal lifts Silvertips over Cougars

The Buckley native has been hot since returning from suspension.

Clutch defense lifts Lake Stevens girls to 4A state berth

The Vikings shut down Inglemoor late en route to a 57-45 win in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

Jackson earns state berth behind senior’s clutch performance

Jesse Hoiby scores 24 points, including big buckets down the stretch, in a 56-50 win over Woodinville.

State wrestling preview: 5 local athletes out for redemption

Returning state runner-ups, such as MP’s Cayden White, are using last year’s defeats as motivation.

Most Read