Olympic Judo 2012: Day 6 Results, Highlights & More
Women's 78 kilograms:
Perhaps there wasn't a more inspiring story today than Kayla Harrison becoming the first American judoka to capture gold in the Olympics. The 22-year-old Harrison dominated in the final and was in total control against Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons, winning by two yukos (worth a point each) to take home the gold.
The American had her toughest match in the quarterfinals against Hungary's Abigel Joo, opponent which her and her sensei Jimmy Pedro, prepared a game-plan for prior to game-day.
Having beaten Joo, Harrison defeated Brazil's Mayra Aguiar in a semifinal rematch of the 2010 World Championship final.
Aguiar took bronze along with France's Audrey Tcheumeo, who lost to Gibbons in the semifinal after defeating Joo by ko-soto-gari (a sweep throw) ippon.
Men's 100 kilograms:
Tagir Khaibulaev of Russia dethroned defending Olympic champion Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia, earning the gold medal with a seoi-otoshi (step-over slam throw) ippon at the 2:14 minute mark. The 28-year-old Russian champion is undefeated in international competition since taking the title at the World Championships, according to the Associated Press.
Khaibulaev defeated Dimitri Peters of Germany in the semifinals after a shido penalty for non-combativity. Naidan defeated Hee-Tae Hwang of South Korea by yuko, to move on to the finals.
Peters and Henk Grol of the Netherlands bronze-medaled in the competition.
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