Kayla Harrison of the United States celebrates after winning her match against Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain for the United States’ first Olympic gold medal in judo during the women’s 78-kg judo competition.
Americans reminded the world they were America by being all American Thursday, winning six golds, a silver, and a bronze to catch, then pass the Chinese and take the top spot in the medal table: they now have 37, including 18 golds, 9 silver, and 10 bronze.
Sally Conway, Natalie Powell, Alice Schlesinger, Nekoda Smythe-Davis, Ashley McKenzie and Colin Oates of Great Britain pose for a picture during an announcement of judo athletes named in Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at British Judo Centre of Excellence on June 16, 2016 in Walsall, England.
Kayla Harrison Captures 1st-Ever USA Olympic Women's Judo Gold Medal: Forms of judo have been contested in the Summer Olympics since 1964, and women have competed since 1992, but no American had ever managed to capture a gold medal. That is no longer the case, however, as Kayla Harrison defeated Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons 2-0 in the women's half heavyweight final to take gold on Thursday. Harrison won gold at the World Championships in 2010, so she was certainly among the...
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