Nonetheless, the Brazilian squad still ran roughshod over the event lead by former world champion and three-time Olympic bronze medalist Mayra Aguiar, who won the women's 78 kg event.
The United States sole gold medal belonged to Dominic Rodriguez, who captured the men's 73 kg division. Rodriguez marked himself as a competitor to watch in the future. Still just 17 years old, he was the youngest judoka to take gold in these championships.
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