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Kayla Harrison Wins Gold

August 2, 2012

Photo by ESPN

Story From NBC Sports:

Kayla Harrison became the first American ever to win a gold medal in judo, winning the final match of the women’s -78kg weight class against Great Britain’s Gemma Gibbons and her fervent home crowd.

Harrison grabbed an early lead against Gibbons and the match was never really in doubt.

“We’ve never reached that pinnacle,” head coach Jimmy Pedro said of the gold medal, earlier in the week.  “It would be an Olympic legacy.  And Kayla Harrison is the most deserving person that I know to do it.”

Harrison, who entered the Olympics ranked fourth in the world, was the first American woman ever to reach the Olympic final.  Her run through London punctuated a wildly successful Olympics for Team USA, in which Marti Malloy also earned a bronze medal in the 57kg weight on Monday.  Only one American woman had ever medaled in judo, before Harrison and Malloy accomplished the feat together this year.

Click here to read the full NBC story and see video of the Kayla’s gold medal fight.


August 2, 2012


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From USA Today: USA’s Marti Malloy earns bronze medal in judo!

July 30, 2012

Story and photo by Matt Kryger, USA TODAY Sports

LONDON – Marti Malloy came up short Monday in her bid to become the first U.S. man or woman to win a gold medal in Olympic judo. But she earned a bronze with a match-ending throw, and bronze is nearly as rare for U.S. women in judo.

Marti Malloy of the United States celebrates after winning the women's 57 kg judo bronze medal.Marti Malloy of the United States celebrates after winning the women’s 57 kg judo bronze medal.

Marti Malloy of the United States celebrates after winning the women’s 57 kg judo bronze medal.

Malloy, 26, won the bronze by ippon (judo’s version of a walk-off homer) when she threw Giulia Quintavalle of Italy with 2:34 elapsed in their five-minute match for one of two bronze medals awarded in the 126-pound weight class.

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Thanks to NBC for providing complete coverage of all Olympic Judo contests, live and on delayed on-demand replay.

Olympic Judo – Where & When – Revised

July 28, 2012

Due to broadcast rights issues, Olympic Judo is not available on the IJF wesbite, only on

Click here to view the judo page.

For the NBC online schedule, click here.

NBC Sports – Draw determines Americans’ paths to the podium

July 27, 2012

From NBC:

With the draw completed— and brackets determined—Team USA’s five judokas have started preparing for their paths to the medal podium.

Head coach Jimmy Pedro believes the draws give the Americans several chances at returning home with some hardware, and the two-time Olympic medalist knows exactly what it takes to excel on this stage.

“In an unbelievable Olympics, all of them would do it,” Pedro said.  “And that is entirely possible.”

Kayla Harrison, seeded fourth in the women’s -78kg/172 lb. weight class remains Team USA’s best chance at not just securing any medal, but the country’s first ever gold in judo.  Pedro said that Harrison’s looming quarterfinal matchup against Abigel Joo of Hungary could be her most difficult one, but that they are prepared.

Click here for full American draw story

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Olympic Judo – Where and When

July 27, 2012

UPDATE: Olympic Judo is not available on the IJF web site due to broadcast rights limitations. Click here  for viewing information.

Judo starts July 28 thru Aug 3 and the Detroit times are below.

All the matches are on the IJF judo channel.  Go to and click on “Judo TV” in the right hand column of the webpage.

Detroit time:

  • Eliminations – 4:30AM
  • Semi Finals, repechage and Bronze – 9AM
  • Finals – 11:10 Am

Dan Mitoraj

NPR Story – In Kayla Harrison, U.S. Has Chance For Judo Gold, And A ‘Comeback Kid’ Story

July 26, 2012
Kayla Harrison, who is on the U.S. judo team, is going to the Olympics for the first time.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

Story by Karen Given, NPR

Kayla Harrison, 22, is the best chance the United States has to win its first Olympic gold medal in the sport of judo. Like many of the world’s best athletes, Harrison’s road to London wasn’t easy.

Since she was little, Kayla Harrison has only had two goals. To win a world championship, which she did in 2010, and to win an Olympic gold medal, which she’ll attempt for the first time in London.

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A ‘Break’ – The Bad Kind – Leads USA Judo’s Kyle Vashkulat to Olympics

July 19, 2012

By Ernest Pund, USA Judo Communications

Kyle Vashkulat has a vivid memory of the pivotal moment that put him on a path to the Olympics … and no wonder. He was 14 and fighting at a regional tournament hosted by his club, Liberty Bell Judo near Philadelphia. His opponent went for a leg pick, and Vashkulat reached back to break his fall and block the score. He broke his arm instead, suffering a spiral fracture to the humerus, the heavy bone in the upper arm. “It was like you’d take a stick and start twisting until it breaks completely apart,” Vashkulat recalled.

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Olympic Preview: Judo 2011 World Championships Paris: Kayla Harrison (USA) – Audrey Tcheumeo FRA)

June 28, 2012

Closely matched rivals fight to an unfortunate end for Kayla, who will be looking for a different result in London.

Kayla Harrison: Visualizing The Perfect Fight

June 20, 2012

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