Kayla Harrison became the first U.S. judoka to win a gold medal in the Olympics back in 2012. On Thursday in Rio, she made history again.
Harrison, an American, defeated Audrey Tcheumeo of France via ippon (armbar) to win her second straight gold medal at 78 kg (172 pounds). There was just seven seconds remaining when Harrison locked in the armbar. She was ahead on penalties at the time.
Harrison, 26, also beat her semifinal opponent Anamari Velensek of Slovenia by armbar and won every match in Rio by finish. Harrison’s chief rival Mayra Aguilar of Brazil fell in the semifinals to Tcheumeo and ended up winning the bronze medal. Tcheumeo had to settle for silver. Harrison said after the victory that she is officially retiring from judo competition and will not participate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
There is a chance Harrison could pursue MMA following this historic victory, much like Ronda Rousey did after winning bronze in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Harrison has hired an agent and is already fielding offers, she told SB Nation’s Guilherme Cruz last week in Rio.
“Several contracts have been sent to my agent,” Harrison said. “He’s looked at it, and he’s said ‘no’ to all of them. He said there’s not enough money. And I trust him. But, again, we’re not making any decisions right now. We have had offers, we had contracts sent, but I think once the Olympics are over, and everything sorts of settles down, I can decide whether or not I like to punch people in the face.”
Harrison, an Ohio native and Massachusetts resident, took up boxing while healing from knee surgery after the 2012 Olympics and liked it.
“For me, it was fun because it was something I’ve never done before,” Harrison said. “And I ….View full article
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