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2016 Olympic Judo Recap: Harrison Repeats & Calls it a Career

Seven gold medals were handed out in Judo the first week of the 2016 Olympics, with only one back to back champion.

Team USA’s Kayla Harrision finished in all of matches, with two armbar wins in the process. She defeated France’s Audrey Tcheumeo with one being in finals to win her second 78 kg gold. (See below.)

Harrison has formally hung up her gi and will longer compete in Olympic judo. She has acquired an agent and has become the hottest MMA prospect overnight. Doing judo at her walking weight of 170 pounds, 155 or 145 pounds isn’t out of the question. She has been cryptic about if she will be pushing the trigger or not.

“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 told MMA Fighting.

Harrison will stay busy as she will continue writing a book about sexual abuse, which she is hoping will be put out in schools. Harrison was sexually abused by her coach earlier in her career. She has also a non-profit organization “The Fearless Foundation” that is focused an sexual abuse education.

You can listen to our interview with Harrison after she won her first Gold medal here.


Another person to look out for is Brazil’s Rafaela Silva. Silva won the country’s first gold medal of the games at 57 kg/126 pounds. After winning the medal, Silva came out as homosexual.

No word on if she will pursue MMA and/or continue in judo.

78kg Brazilian Bronze medalist Mayra Aguiar stated it wasn’t out of the question for her to make the move.


The week started with Argentina’s Dr. Paula Pareto winning the 48kg gold. Doctor Pareto got her medical license last year, and has become the first Argentinian to win gold in Judo.


The second day also created history as Majlinda Kelmendi won Kosovo’s first overall gold medal. This was the first year Kosovo was recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Kelmendi defeated Odette Giuffrida in Italy in the 52 kg/115 pounds.


Tina Trstenjak of Solvinia took home the gold in day 3 defeating Clarisse Agbegnenou of France in the 63kg finals. The previous medal holder at that weight was Urska Zolnor, Trstenjak’s coach.


Japan’s Haruka Tachimoto took the 70 kg/155 pound gold. Unseeded to start out the day, she upset top seed Kim Polling of the Netherlands in the second round. She defeated Yuri Alvear of Colombia in the finals.


Émilie Andéol of France thwarted Idalys Ortiz’s run for a second gold medal with her upset of the firmer Olympic champ in the finals of the over 78kg category. She was able to pin the 2012 champ in the glen scoring period to take home the gold.


You can keep up with our coverage and results of Olympic women’s boxing, Taekwondo, and wrestling  here.


Here are the complete 2016 Olympic Judo results (Winners in Bold):

48 KG 

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Paula Pareto (Argentina) 2016 Gold Medalist

Opening Round

 Laëtitia Payet (FRA) def. Chloe Rayner (AUS)
Van Ngọc Tú (VIE) def.   Valentina Moscatt (ITA)
Charline van Snick (BEL) def.   Monica Ungureanu (ROM)
Dayaris Mestre (CUB) def. Asaramanitra Ratiarison (MAD)
Irina Dolgova (RUS) def.  Kim Sol-mi (PRK)
Maryna Cherniak (UKR) def.   Shira Rishony (ISR)
Edna Carrillo (MEX) def.  Dilara Lokmanhekim (TUR)

Second Round

 Mönkhbatyn Urantsetseg (MGL) def. Laëtitia Payet (FRA)
 Jeong Bo-kyeong (KOR) def. Van Ngọc Tú (VIE)
 Sarah Menezes (BRA) @ def. Charline van Snick (BEL)
 Dayaris Mestre (CUB) def. Julia Figueroa (ESP)
 Paula Pareto (ARG) def. Irina Dolgova (RUS)
Éva Csernoviczki (HUN) def.  Maryna Cherniak (UKR)
 Ami Kondo (JPN) def. Edna Carrillo (MEX)
Galbadrakhyn Otgontsetseg (KAZ) def. Taciana Lima (GBS)

Quarterfinals

Jeong Bo-kyeong (KOR) def. Mönkhbatyn Urantsetseg (MGL)
Dayaris Mestre (CUB) def. Sarah Menezes (BRA) @
Paula Pareto (ARG) def. Éva Csernoviczki (HUN)
Ami Kondo (JPN) def. Galbadrakhyn Otgontsetseg (KAZ)

Semi-finals

 Jeong Bo-kyeong (KOR) def.  Dayaris Mestre (CUB)
 Paula Pareto (ARG) def.  Ami Kondo (JPN)

Repechage

Mönkhbatyn Urantsetseg (MGL) def. Sarah Menezes (BRA) @
Galbadrakhyn Otgontsetseg (KAZ) def. Éva Csernoviczki (HUN)

Bronze Medal matches

 Ami Kondo (JPN) def. Mönkhbatyn Urantsetseg (MGL)
Galbadrakhyn Otgontsetseg (KAZ) def.  Dayaris Mestre (CUB)

Finals

Paula Pareto (ARG) def. Jeong Bo-kyeong (KOR)

Medalists

  • Gold – Paula Pareto (ARG)
  • Silver – Jeong Bo-kyeong (KOR)
  • Bronze – Ami Kondo (JPN)
  • Bronze – Galbadrakhyn Otgontsetseg (KAZ)

52 kg

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Majlinda Kelmendi (Kosovo) 2016 Gold Medalist

 Opening Round

Laura Gómez (ESP) def.  Gulbadam Babamuratova (TKM)
Mareen Kräh (GER) def. Darya Skrypnik (BLR)
Joana Ramos (POR) def.  Antoinette Gasongo (BDI)
Evelyne Tschopp (SUI) def. Priscilla Gneto (FRA)
Christianne Legentil (MRI) def.  Joud Fahmy (KSA)
 Adiyaasambuugiin Tsolmon (MGL) def. Angelica Delgado (USA)

Second Round

 Andreea Chițu (ROU) def.  Laura Gómez (ESP)
 Odette Giuffrida (ITA) def. Mareen Kräh (GER)
 Érika Miranda (BRA) def.  Hela Ayari (TUN)
 Ma Yingnan (CHN) def. Joana Ramos (POR)
 Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) def. Evelyne Tschopp (SUI)
 Christianne Legentil (MRI) def. Gili Cohen (ISR)
 Misato Nakamura (JPN) def. Adiyaasambuugiin Tsolmon (MGL)
 Natalia Kuziutina (RUS) def. Ecaterina Guica (CAN)

Quarterfinals

Odette Giuffrida (ITA) def. Andreea Chitu (ROU)
Ma Yingnan (CHN) def. Érika Miranda (BRA)
Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) def. Christianne Legentil (MRI)
Misato Nakamura (JPN) def. Natalia Kuziutina (RUS)

Repechage

Érika Miranda (BRA) def. Andreea Chițu (ROU)
Natalia Kuziutina (RUS) def. Christianne Legentil (MRI)

Semi-finals

Odette Giuffrida (ITA)

def.

Ma Yingnan (CHN)
Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS)

def.

Misato Nakamura (JPN)

Bronze

Misato Nakamura (JPN) def. Érika Miranda (BRA)
Natalia Kuziutina (RUS) def. Ma Yingnan (CHN)

Finals

Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) def. Odette Giuffrida (ITA)

Medalists

  • Gold – Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS)
  • Silver – Odette Giuffrida (ITA)
  • Bronze – Misato Nakamura (JPN)
  • Bronze – Natalia Kuziutina (RUS)

57 kg

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Rafaela Silva (Brazil) 2016 Gold Medalist

Opening Round

 Sanne Verhagen (NED) def.  Hortense Diédhiou (SEN)
 Darcina Manuel (NZL) def.  Irina Zabludina (RUS)
 Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) def. Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT)
 Rafaela Silva (BRA) def.  Miryam Roper (GER)
 Hedvig Karakas (HUN) def.  Rushana Nurjavova (TKM)
 Lien Chen-ling (TPE) def.  Arleta Podolak (POL)
 Nora Gjakova (KOS) def.  Yadinis Amaris (COL)

Second Round

Dorjsürengiin Sumiyaa (MGL) def. Sanne Verhagen (NED)
 Telma Monteiro (POR) def.  Darcina Manuel (NZL)
 Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) @ def.  Zouleiha Abzetta Dabonne (CIV)
Automne Pavia (FRA) def. Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR)
Rafaela Silva (BRA) def. Kim Jan-di (KOR)
Hedvig Karakas (HUN) def. Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN)
Lien Chen-ling (TPE) def. Marti Malloy (USA)
 Corina Caprioriu (ROU) def. Nora Gjakova (KOS)

Quarterfinals

Dorjsürengiin Sumiyaa (MGL) def.  Telma Monteiro (POR)
Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) @ def. Automne Pavia (FRA)
Rafaela Silva (BRA) def.  Hedvig Karakas (HUN)
Corina Caprioriu (ROU) def. Lien Chen-ling (TPE)

Semi-finals

Dorjsürengiin Sumiyaa (MGL) def. Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) @
Rafaela Silva (BRA) def.  Corina Caprioriu (ROU)

Repechage

Telma Monteiro (POR) def.  Automne Pavia (FRA)
Lien Chen-ling (TPE) def. Hedvig Karakas (HUN)

Bronze Medal

Telma Monteiro (POR) def.  Corina Caprioriu (ROU)
Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) @ def. Lien Chen-ling (TPE)

Finals

Rafaela Silva (BRA) def. Dorjsürengiin Sumiyaa (MGL)

Medalists

  • Gold – Rafaela Silva (BRA)
  • Silver – Dorjsürengiin Sumiyaa (MGL)
  • Bronze – Telma Monteiro (POR)
  • Bronze – Kaori Matsumoto (JPN) @

63 kg

Tina Trstenjak
Tina Trstenjak (Slovenia) 2016 Gold Medalist

Opening Round

Edwige Gwend (ITL) def. Mia Hermansson (SWE)
Tsedevsürengiin Mönkhzayaa (MGL) def. Rizlen Zouak (MAR)
Yang Junxia (CHN) def. Marian Urdabayeva (KAZ)
Maricet Espinosa (CUB) def. Phupu Llamu Khatri (NEP)
Mariana Silva (BRA) def. Szandra Szögedi (GHA)
Büşra Katipoğlu (TUR) def. Katerina Nikoloska (MKD)
Anicka van Emden (NED) def. Ekaterina Valkova (RUS)
Alice Schlesinger (GBR) def. Bak Ji-yun (KOR)
Katharina Haecker (AUS) def. Laura Sallés (AND)
Estefania García (ECU) def. Mahadama Bangoura (GUI)

Second Round

Tina Trstenjak (SLO) def. Edwige Gwend (ITL)
Yang Junxia (CHN) def. Tsedevsürengiin Mönkhzayaa (MGL)
Yarden Gerbi (ISR) def. Maricet Espinosa (CUB)
Mariana Silva (BRA) def. Martyna Trajdos (GER)
Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA) def. Büsra Katipoglu (TUR)
Anicka van Emden (NED) def. Alice Schlesinger (GBR)
Miku Tashiro (JPN) def. Katharina Haecker (AUS)
Kathrin Unterwurzacher (AUT) def. Estefania García (ECU)

Quarterfinals

Tina Trstenjak (SLO) def. Yang Junxia (CHN)
Mariana Silva (BRA) def. Yarden Gerbi (ISR)
Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA) def. Anicka van Emden (NED)
Miku Tashiro (JPN) def. Kathrin Unterwurzacher (AUT)

Semi-finals

Tina Trstenjak (SLO) def. Mariana Silva (BRA)
Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA) def. Miku Tashiro (JPN)

Repechage

Yarden Gerbi (ISR) def. Yang Junxia (CHN)
Anicka van Emden (NED) def. Kathrin Unterwurzacher (AUT)

Bronze Medal matches

Yarden Gerbi (ISR) def. Miku Tashiro (JPN)
Anicka van Emden (NED) def. Mariana Silva (BRA)

Finals

Tina Trstenjak (SLO) def. Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA)

Medalists

  • Gold – Tina Trstenjak (SLO)
  • Silver – Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA)
  • Bronze – Yarden Gerbi (ISR)
  • Bronze – Anicka van Emden (NED)

70 kg

Haruka Tachimoto
Haruka Tachimoto (Japan) 2016 Gold Medlaist

Opening Round

Haruka Tachimoto (JPN) def. Zhou Chao (CHN)
Esther Stam (GEO) def.  Tsend-Ayuushiin Naranjargal (MGL)
Maria Portela (BRA) def. Assmaa Niang (MAR)
Antonia Moreira (ANG) def. Elvismar Rodríguez (VEN)
María Pérez (PUR) def. Barbara Matić (CRO)
Katarzyna Kłys (POL) def. Gulnoza Matniyazova (UZB)
Sally Conway (GBR) def. Houda Miled (TUN)
Linda Bolder (ISR) def. Yolande Mabika (ROT)

Second Round

Haruka Tachimoto (JPN) def. Kim Polling (NED)
Kelita Zupancic (CAN) def. Esther Stam (GEO)
Bernadette Graf (AUT) def. Maria Portela (BRA)
Laura Vargas Koch (GER) def. Antonia Moreira (ANG)
Yuri Alvear (COL) def. María Pérez (PUR)
María Bernabéu (ESP) def. Katarzyna Kłys (POL)
Sally Conway (GBR) def. Gevrise Emane (FRA)
Linda Bolder (ISR) def. Kim Seong-yeon (KOR)

Quarterfinals

Haruka Tachimoto (JPN) def. Kelita Zupancic (CAN)
Laura Vargas Koch (GER) def. Bernadette Graf (AUT)
Yuri Alvear (COL)  def. María Bernabéu (ESP)
Sally Conway (GBR)  def. Linda Bolder (ISR)

Semi-finals

Haruka Tachimoto (JPN)  def. Laura Vargas Koch (GER)
Yuri Alvear (COL)  def. Sally Conway (GBR)

Repechage

Bernadette Graf (AUT) def. Kelita Zupancic (CAN)
María Bernabéu (ESP)  def. Linda Bolder (ISR)

Bronze Medal matches

Sally Conway (GBR) def. Bernadette Graf (AUT)
Laura Vargas Koch (GER) def. María Bernabéu (ESP)

Finals

Haruka Tachimoto (JPN)  def. Yuri Alvear (COL)

Medalists

  • Gold – Haruka Tachimoto (JPN)
  • Silver – Yuri Alvear (COL)
  • Bronze – Sally Conway (GBR)
  • Bronze – Laura Vargas Koch (GER)

78 kg

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Kayla Harrison (USA) 2016 Gold Medalist

Opening Round

Abigél Joó (HUN)  def. Pürevjargalyn Lkhamdegd (MGL)
Daria Pogorzelec (POL)  vs. Hortence Atangana (CMR)

Second Round

Kayla Harrison (USA) @  def. Zhang Zhehui (CHN)
Abigél Joó (HUN) def. Mami Umeki (JPN)
Yalennis Castillo (CUB)  def. Marhinde Verkerk (NED)
Anamari Velenšek (SLO) def. Viktoriya Turks (UKR)
Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA)  def. Sol Kyong (PKR)
Natalie Powell (GBR) def. Sarah Myriam Mazouz (GAB)
Mayra Aguiar (BRA)  def. Miranda Giambelli (AUS)
Luise Malzahn (GER) def. Daria Pogorzelec (POL)

Quarterfinals

Kayla Harrison (USA) @ def. Abigél Joó (HUN)
Anamari Velenšek (SLO)  def. Yalennis Castillo (CUB)
Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA)  def. Natalie Powell (GBR)
Mayra Aguiar (BRA)  def. Luise Malzahn (GER)

Semi-finals

Kayla Harrison (USA) @  def. Anamari Velenšek (SLO)
Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA)  def. Mayra Aguiar (BRA)

Repechage

Yalennis Castillo (CUB)  def. Abigél Joó (HUN)
Luise Malzahn (GER)  def. Natalie Powell (GBR)

Bronze Medal matches

Mayra Aguiar (BRA)  def. Yalennis Castillo (CUB)
Anamari Velenšek (SLO)  def. Luise Malzahn (GER)

Finals

Kayla Harrison (USA) @  def. Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA)

Medalists

  • Gold – Kayla Harrison (USA) @
  • Silver – Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA)
  • Bronze – Mayra Aguiar (BRA)
  • Bronze – Anamari Velenšek (SLO)

Over 78 kg

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Émilie Andéol (France) 2016 Gold Medlist

Opening Round

Ksenia Chibisova (RUS)  def. Jasmin Külbs (GER)

Second Round

Yu Song (CHN)  def. Sonia Asselah (ALG)
Kayra Sayit (TUR) def. Melissa Mojica (PUR)
Émilie Andéol (FRA)  def. Vanessa Zambotti (MEX)
Nihal Chikhrouhou (TUN) def. Larisa Cerić (BIH)
Idalys Ortiz (CUB) @  def. Ksenia Chibisova (RUS)
Kim Min-jung (KOR) def. Maria Suellen Altheman (BRA)
Kanae Yamabe (JPN)  def. Santa Pakenytė (LTU)
Tessie Savelkouls (NED) def. Svitlana Iaromka (UKR)

Quarterfinals

Yu Song (CHN)  def. Kayra Sayit (TUR)
Émilie Andéol (FRA) def. Nihal Chikhrouhou (TUN)
Idalys Ortiz @ (CUB)  def. Kim Min-jung (KOR)
Kanae Yamabe (JPN)  def. Tessie Savelkouls (NED)

Semi-finals

 Émilie Andéol (FRA) def. Yu Song (CHN)
Idalys Ortiz @ (CUB)  def. Kanae Yamabe (JPN)

Repechage

Kayra Sayit (TUR)  vs. Nihal Chikhrouhou (TUN)
Kim Min-jung (KOR)  vs. Tessie Savelkouls (NED)

Bronze Medal matches

Kanae Yamabe (JPN)  def. Kayra Sayit (TUR)
Yu Song (CHN)  def. Kim Min-jung (KOR)

Finals

 Émilie Andéol (FRA)  def. Idalys Ortiz @ (CUB)

Medalists

  • Gold –  Émilie Andéol (FRA)
  • Silver – Larisa Cerić(CUB)
  • Bronze – Kanae Yamabe (JPN)
  • Bronze – Yu Song (CHN)

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