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|