Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 2, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 11, 2016
Date Finished: August 11, 2016
|Bronze:|| Mayra da Silva
US judoka [Kayla Harrison] became the first American, and one of only 11 athletes in the sport, to successfully defend an Olympic judo title by winning her second gold in Rio. The enigmatic Harrison had suffered years of sexual abuse by one of her previous coaches. Later she founded Fearless, an organization helping other victims of sexual abuse, and after her second gold medal, the media speculated that she would exploit her popularity to become a Mixed Martial Arts professional, which she did in October 2016.
Although she was the lightest competitor in the field, it took Harrison, the world and Pan American Games champion, a total of only 8:04 min of fighting to win her four bouts, all prematurely by an Ippon (full point) with hold down and lock techniques. In the final she held second-seeded [Audrey Tcheumeo] of France just seconds before the four minutes elapsed in an Ude-hishigi-juji-gatame (cross lock) forcing her to tap out. In the semi-final, London 2012 bronze medalist Tcheumeo eliminated home favorite [Mayra da Silva], who was also a 2012 bronze medalist. Da Silva, Harrisonâs toughest rival over the years, won her second bronze medal while Sloveniaâs [Ana VelenÅ¡ek],who fell victim to Harrison in the semi-final, won her first Olympic bronze. The reigning World Champion, [Mami Umeki] from Japan already dropped out after the first bout.
|1||Kayla Harrison||26||United States||USA||Gold|
|3T||Mayra da Silva||25||Brazil||BRA||Bronze|
|7T||Natalie Powell||25||Great Britain||GBR|
|9T||Sol Kyong||26||North Korea||PRK|
|17T||Hortence Mballa Atangana||24||Cameroon||CMR|