It is 23 Octobre. For the first time was judo an Olympic sport. Japan had already won the light-, middle- and heavy-weight. But then came the "All Categories". Anton Geesink is up against the almost impossible task to win from the best Japanese judoka, namely Akio Kaminaga.
For 17,000 fanatically Japanese visitors should Akio Kaminaga show that he win the fourth Japanese judo-gold.
It became an exciting match. Geesink stroke off all fierce attacks of Kaminga. In the tenth minute saw Geesink his chance via a quick combination to get Kaminaga into a as firm as a rock hold. Everything what Kaminaga tried, he had no chance and the gold medal went (rightly) to Geesink, and so the Netherlands. A few too fanatically supporters wanted to congratulate Geesink, but one movement of Geesink his arm was enough to prevent that.
Why did he do that? It should be a mortification for the loser if the holy judo-mat should been entered. The Japanese thought that that very good was of Geesink, and he got therefor a big applause.
Fanny Blankers-Koen (Magnificent Mama)
Yvonne van Gennip