Judo gold first for US

Kayla Harrison,

who contemplated suicide after being sexually abused by her childhood coach, beat Britain’s Gemma Gibbons in the women’s -78kg category today to win the first Olympic judo gold for the United States.

Harrison, 22, the world number two, defeated Gibbons in a close final with two scoring throws.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in the audience with Russian President Vladimir Putin, commiserated with Gibbons, Britain’s first judo medal winner since Sydney in 2000, as she left the mat.

Audrey Tcheumeo won France’s sixth judo medal of the Games By defeating Abigel Joo of Hungary for bronze.

Brazil’s Mayra Aguiar also continued her country’s judo successes, beating Marhinde Verkerk of the Netherlands to take the other bronze, the Brazilian team’s third judo medal.

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