U.S. Makes Olympic History

Kayla Harrison of the United States celebrates after winning her match against Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain for the gold medal during the women's 78-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. Harrison won the gold and Gibbons won the silver. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Kayla Harrison of the United States celebrates after winning her match against Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain for the gold medal during the women’s 78-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. Harrison won the gold and Gibbons won the silver. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Kayla Harrison Wins Judo Gold Medal At 78-KG, Defeating Gemma Gibbons

LONDON — Kayla Harrison gave the U.S. its first judo gold medal in Olympic history, taking the 78-kilogram title Thursday at the London Games.

Harrison defeated Britain’s Gemma Gibbons in a final she dominated from the start, getting a stronger grip on Gibbons and managing to throw her twice.

Her medal is the U.S.’ second in judo this week: Teammate Marti Malloy won a bronze in the women’s 57-kilogram division.

Harrison, world No. 4 and a former world champion, was in top form, dispatching many of her opponents with a match-ending ippon move, one in less than a minute. Harrison said she was focused on the gold.

“This is my purpose,” she said.

The bronze medals were won by Audrey Tcheumeo of France and Mayra Aguiar of Brazil.

By AP


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