Brazil’s Alana Maldonado won the women’s under-70 kilogram judo title at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

Brazil’s Alana Maldonado upgraded to gold by winning the women’s under-70 kilograms judo event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics today.

Maldonado finished as runner-up in front of a home crowd at Rio 2016 and was hopeful of taking top step on the podium at the Nippon Budokan.

The 26-year-old achieved ippon victories over Italy’s Matilde Lauria and Turkey’s Raziye Ulucam to advance to the final.

A repeat of the Rio 2016 final had been possible, but defending champion Lenia Ruvalcaba of Mexico suffered an early loss to Georgia’s Ina Kaldani.

Kaldani progressed to the gold-medal bout, where she was unable to bounce back from Maldonado achieving an early waza-ari score as the Brazilian secured her maiden Paralympic gold medal.

Japan’s Kazusa Ogawa and Mexico’s Ruvalcaba completed the podium after winning their bronze-medal bouts.

Dursadaf Karimova continued Azerbaijan’s stunning judo performance at the Games, winning their sixth gold medal.

She triumphed in the women’s over-90kg final, overcoming Kazakhstan’s Zarina Baibatina with a match-winning ippon.

The judoka were joined on the podium by bronze medallists Meg Emmerich of Brazil and Italy’s Carolina Costa.

Britain’s Christopher Skelley overcame American Ben Goodrich in the men’s under-100kg final.

A solitary waza-ari score in the opening minute of the final proved enough for Skelley to secure gold.

Uzbekistan’s Sharif Khalilov beat Brazilian legend Antonio Tenorio da Silva with an ippon in the first bronze-medal match.

Tenorio had been hoping to reach the podium for a seventh consecutive Paralympic Games, but the four-time gold medallist missed out on this occasion.

Britain’s Christopher Skelley won the men's under-100kg event ©Getty Images
Britain’s Christopher Skelley won the men's under-100kg event ©Getty Images

The Russian Paralympic Committee's (RPC) Anatolii Shevchenko won the second bronze after an ippon score against Germany’s Oliver Upmann.

Britain’s Elliot Stewart had earlier missed out on gold in the men’s under-90kg competition.

Stewart’s challenge was ended by Iran’s Vahid Nouri, who secured the match-winning ippon to earn top spot on the podium.

France’s Helios Latchoumanaya and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Nazarenko won the division’s bronze medals.

The final judo gold of the Games also went the way of Iran, as Mohammadreza Kheirollahzadeh triumphed in the men’s over-100kg event.

An ippon score in the third minute of the gold-medal bout saw him beat Georgia’s Revaz Chikoidze.

Azerbaijan’s Ilham Zakiyev and South Korea’s Choi Gwang-geun completed the podium after winning their bronze-medal bouts.

Today was the last day of judo competition and Azerbaijan topped the sport's medal table at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, with six gold and two bronze medals.

Uzbekistan and Iran both finished with two golds, with Britain, Brazil and Algeria each earning one.