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Judo at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Half-Heavyweight

Judo at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:
Phases:

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.

Gold: USA Kayla Harrison
Silver: GBR Gemma Gibbons
Bronze: BRA Mayra Silva
FRA Audrey Tcheumeo

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kayla Harrison 22 United States USA Gold
2 Gemma Gibbons 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3T Audrey Tcheumeo 22 France FRA Bronze
3T Mayra Silva 20 Brazil BRA Bronze
5T Abigel Joo 21 Hungary HUN
5T Marhinde Verkerk 26 Netherlands NED
7T Daria Pogorzelec 22 Poland POL
7T Yang Xiuli 28 China CHN
9T Hana Mareghni 23 Tunisia TUN
9T Heide Wollert 30 Germany GER
9T Vera Moskalyuk 30 Russia RUS
9T Audrey Koumba 23 Gabon GAB
9T Akari Ogata 21 Japan JPN
9T Pürevjargalyn Lkhamdegd 25 Mongolia MGL
9T Maryna Pryshchepa 28 Ukraine UKR
9T Aung Aye Aye 27 Myanmar MYA
17T Ana Velenšek 21 Slovenia SLO
17T Odette Ntahomvukiye 18 Burundi BDI
17T Jeong Gyeong-Mi 26 South Korea KOR
17T Yahima Ramirez 32 Portugal POR
17T Amy Cotton 32 Canada CAN