Olympic Judo 2012: Daily Results, Schedule and Analysis

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Olympic Judo 2012: Daily Results, Schedule and Analysis
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The story of these London Games in judo, weren't so much the rise of European nations, but the surprising decline of success of the country where the sport was born.

Japan; although tying for an Olympic-high seven medals, only mustered one gold and had to settle for silver after losing to countries like Russia and Cuba, something deemed unimaginable when judo was first brought to the Olympic stage.

Japanese journalists even went as far as to say "Japanese judo is dead," that's how far the decline has been this year.

France's Teddy Riner asserted himself as the most decorated and arguably the most dominant force in men's judo after easily defeating Alexander Mikhaylin of Russia in the final.

But perhaps the best story was Kayla Harrison becoming the first American to win Olympic gold and the third one to medal after teammate Marti Malloy took bronze at the Women's Lightweight.

The 22-year-old Harrison battled abuse at the hands of her former judo coach, but moved to Boston to train with Jimmy Pedro Jr., the first American to medal in the sport.

Harrison went through the tournament winning every bout convincingly and eventually taking gold from Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons. 

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