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An Kum Ae, First Gold Medalist of DPRK at London Olympiad
| Pyongyang, July 31 (KCNA) -- An Kum Ae, a judoist of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, won the women's 52kg category at the London Olympic Games on Sunday, bringing the first gold medal to the nation.
She defeated her rivals from Britain, Japan and France in the preliminaries and quarterfinals and beat Italian player by ippon in the semifinals.
In the finals, she overpowered the Cuban rival by displaying her strong perseverance and high technique.
The news is delighting the Korean people so much.
Ri Song Chol, a section chief of the April 25 Sports Team, told KCNA:
"In the matches An Kum Ae displayed pluck and confidence instilled by Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un.
Her success has given great strength and courage to the servicepersons and civilians of the DPRK in making victorious advance.
In response to Kim Jong Un's call "Forward to the final victory", we will intensify training and produce more competent athletes, thus displaying the dignity and mettle of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il's nation."
An Jong Ryon, father of An Kum Ae, said:
"Watching on TV my daughter in the match, all my family burst into cheers and tears. She owes her success to the great leaders, the benevolent social system and the Workers' Party of Korea.
All neighbors call at my house to offer congratulations to my family."
An Kum Ae's mother Mun Jong Sik said:
"Now I am very happy with my daughter who delighted the dear respected Kim Jong Un.
She has played judo for more than 20 years. In those years she has engrossed only in training with no time to care for other things, even makeup. Today she emerged a victor, bringing me a great joy."
Kim Song Hwa, an athlete of the April 25 Sports Team, said:
"We were very pleased to see An standing on the honor platform with tears in her eyes.
We will buckle down to training so as to bring the news of victory to Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un by raising the DPRK flag in international tournaments."
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