Around the Miami Valley
Fri August 3, 2012
Local Woman Wins Gold At Olympics
Kayla Harrison from Middletown 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 move, one in less than a minute. Harrison said she was focused on the gold. After leaving the mat, Harrison hugged her coach and draped herself in the American flag.