Kayla Harrison Wins World Championships – First American to Win Since 1999

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From USA Judo (Tokyo, Japan) – Every Olympic hopeful dreams of one day hearing the Star Spangled Banner from the top of a podium.

For 20-year-old Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE), that goal seemed far away when she first started competing in judo as a 7-year-old in Middletown, Ohio.

“I’ve been training for this for a long long time and I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little girl,” Harrison said after winning the 78kg title at the World Championships on Thursday in Tokyo.  “It hasn’t sunk in yet.  It’s an amazing feeling.  It’s surreal.  And everyone’s been amazing.  My teammates, my coaches… Everyone’s been amazing and I’m really thankful… more>

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