Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 2, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012
Format: Losing quarter-finalists compete against losing semi-finalist for bronze.
|Bronze:|| Mayra Silva
Prior to this event, the United States had won 11 Olympic judo medals, but never a gold. The US entrant was [Kayla Harrison], World Junior Champion in 2008 and World Champion in 2010. Harrison defeated top seed [Mayra Silva] (BRA) in the semi-finals, after beating European Champion [Abigel Joo] (HUN) in the quarters. In the other half of the draw, Britain’s [Gemma Gibbons] was given little chance, ranking 42nd in the world prior to the Olympics, and only qualifying as a host country entry, but she stunned in the semi-finals by defeating reigning World Champion [Audrey Tcheumeo] of France, with a golden score in extra-time.
The final was close but Harrison won the first ever judo gold for the United States, scoring a yuko early and another one in the last minute for the win. The bronze medals went to Tcheumeo and Aguiar. The defending champion [Yang Xilu] of China lost in the repêchage, beaten by Dutch judoka [Marhinde Verkerk].
|1||Kayla Harrison||22||United States||USA||Gold|
|2||Gemma Gibbons||25||Great Britain||GBR||Silver|
|9T||Aung Aye Aye||27||Myanmar||MYA|
|17T||Jeong Gyeong-Mi||26||South Korea||KOR|