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Kayla Harrison 1st American to Win Gold in Judo

Kayla Harrison becomes first American to win a gold medal in Olympic judo Thursday morning.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Kayla Harrison of the United States (white) and Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain compete in the Women's -78 kg Judo on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

    Kayla Harrison became the first American to win an Olympic judo gold medal Thursday, beating Gemma Gibbons in the final of the women's 78-kilogram category.
    Harrison dominated the final from the start, getting a stronger grip on Gibbons and managing to throw her twice.

    It was the second American judo medal this week, as teammate Marti Malloy of San Jose won a bronze in the women's 57-kilogram division.
    The 22-year-old Harrison is a former world champion and was in top form on Thursday. She dispatched several of her opponents with a match-ending ippon, one in less than a minute.
    The bronze medals were won by Audrey Tcheumeo of France and Mayra Aguiar of Brazil.