Three world champions were crowned on day five of the world judo championships in Rio De Janeiro on Friday.
Kyong Sol handed North Korea their first medal of the tournament when she defeated 2009 world champion and European bronze medallist Marhinde Verkerk of the Netherlands to win the under 78 kilo class.
Sol won with a waza-ari, settling the contest after five minutes.
Olympic bronze medallist Yuri Alvear of Columbia secured her second career world title when she overpowered European bronze medallist Laura Vargas Koch of Germany in the -70 kilo final.
The 2009 world champion got better as the day went on and finished in style winning the final by ippon.
Olympic silver medallist Asley Gonzalez celebrated his maiden World title when he battled past world number one Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia in the men’s -90kg final.
In a very evenly balanced final fight but Gonzalez was crowned champ after he outlasted his top-ranked who was penalized twice for passivity against one penalty to Gonzalez for a false attack.