efe_epaRio de Janeiro

Argentina's Paula Pareto won the gold medal Saturday in the women's 48-kg with a victory over South Korea's Jeong Bo-kyeong in the final, while Kazakh Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh won bronze in that same extra-lightweight category and her countryman, Yeldos Smetov, came away with silver in the men's 60-kg.

The 30-year-old Pareto, nicknamed "Peque," also won gold at the 2015 World Judo Championships in Astana, She said afterward that she was very pleased to have defeated a "tough competitor" in the final.

Galbadrakh, for her part, lost 100-10 to Japan's Ami Kondo in the quarterfinals but recovered to score wins over Hungary's Eva Csernoviczki and then Cuba's Dayaris Mestre Alvarez to claim bronze.

In the men's extra-lightweight category, Smetov notched victories over Uzbekistan's Diyorbek Urozboev in the quarterfinals and Azerbaijan's Orkhan Safarov in the semifinals but fell short by a score of 10-0 against Russia's Beslan Mudranov in the gold medal match.