Brazilian judo team member Mayra Aguiar beat Holland's Marhinde Verkerk and secured the bronze medal in the 78 kg class, the third medal her country has won in judo at the London Olympic Games.

Aguiar, who was unable to compete for the gold medal after she lost her semifinals match to world No. 2 judoka, Kayla Harrison of the United States, overcame that defeat to garner the bronze.

Although her objective as the No. 1 ranked judo athlete was to take home the gold medal, Aguiar, who on Friday will turn 21, exploded with happiness when in less than 90 seconds she managed to hook the leg of her rival and throw her to the mat on her back.

The Brazilian thus brought to a close an almost impeccable match, except for her semifinals loss to Harrison.

During the morning, Aguiar easily beat Tunisia's Hana Mareghni in the round of 16 and also Poland's Daria Pogorzelec.

Aguiar won Brazil's third judo medal at the London Games after Sarah Menezes won the gold in the 48 kg class and Felipe Kitadai won the bronze in the 66 kg category. EFE