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Judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Half-Heavyweight

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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

Gold: USA Kayla Harrison
Silver: FRA Audrey Tcheuméo
Bronze: BRA Mayra da Silva
SLO Ana VelenÅ¡ek


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, Harrison’s toughest rival over the years, won her second bronze medal while Slovenia’s [Ana Velenšek],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.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kayla Harrison 26 United States USA Gold
2 Audrey Tcheuméo 26 France FRA Silver
3T Mayra da Silva 25 Brazil BRA Bronze
3T Ana Velenšek 25 Slovenia SLO Bronze
5T Yalennis Castillo 30 Cuba CUB
5T Luise Malzahn 26 Germany GER
7T Abigél Joó 25 Hungary HUN
7T Natalie Powell 25 Great Britain GBR
9T Zhang Zhehui 28 China CHN
9T Mami Umeki 21 Japan JPN
9T Marhinde Verkerk 30 Netherlands NED
9T Viktoriya Turks 28 Ukraine UKR
9T Sol Kyong 26 North Korea PRK
9T Sarah Mazouz 29 Gabon GAB
9T Miranda Giambelli 24 Australia AUS
9T Daria Pogorzelec 26 Poland POL
17T Pürevjargalyn Lkhamdegd 29 Mongolia MGL
17T Hortence Mballa Atangana 24 Cameroon CMR