USA’s Kayla Harrison wins second straight Olympic judo gold

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Harrison, 26, beats Frances Audrey Tcheumo in the 78kg last to keep her Olympic crown and right away retires

American Kayla Harrison has actually effectively protected her Olympic judo title in the womens 78kg department, after beating Frances Audrey Tcheumo in a tense last.

With simply 6 seconds left, Harrison captured Tcheumos arm in an armlock, and required Tcheumo to tap out in submission, immediately winning the contest.

As she had actually prepared, Harrison revealed her retirement quickly later on.

Harrisons coach, Jimmy Pedro, stated Harrisons accomplishment was massive, considered that there have actually been no repeat Olympic judo champs at Rio or at the previous video games in London. Harrison remained in commanding type throughout Thursday, winning her initial matches immediately after pinning her challengers to the mat for 20 seconds; her very first match lasted simply 43 seconds.

Pedro stated Harrison was on fire on Thursday and explained her defense of her Olympic title as impressive.

The womens bronze medals were won by Brazils Mayra Aguiar and Slovenian Anamari Velensek.

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