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Rio 2016 Judo (day 6) – Women’s 78kg gold won by USA’s Kalay Harrison and Men’s 100kg by Czech Republic’s Lukas Krpalec

Rio 2016 Judo (day 6) – Women’s 78kg gold won by USA’s Kalay Harrison and Men’s 100kg by Czech Republic’s Lukas Krpalec

The atmosphere on this 6th and before last day of the Rio 2016 Judo Olympics was once again amazing. The public and fans around the world expected a lot of the male category with all these champions, world and Olympic medalists, who was going to claim the title in 2016 and succeed to the 2012 Olympic Judo gold medalist (men's 100kg) Russian Tagir Khaibulaev ?

Kayla Harrison (USA) takes gold in Judo's women 78kg

Rio 2016 Olympic -78kg champion Kayla HARRISON (USA)

London 2012 Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) became a two-time Olympic champion on Thursday as she won all four of her contests by ippon on the greatest platform in the sport to become one of the greatest judoka of all time. America's first Olympic judo champion HARRISON, 26, faced London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) in the -78kg Olympic final as the anticipated USA-Brazil showdown between home hero Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) and her American arch-rival did not materialise.

America's double Olympic judo champion said:

"Winning my first Olympic gold (in 2012), I thought nothing would ever get better but this is better. Like I've said before, what people don't realise is that it is not just today, it's the four years that led up to today. I can't tell you how many times I've drilled all of those situations, thousands and thousands and thousands. I've fought every single girl here a million times. My coaches made me fight in every tournament when I was tired, when I was injured, when I didn't want to fight. That's the reason that I won today, is because of them. They made me mentally tough and they made me ready for any situation."

Women's 78kg final Results

  • HARRISON, Kayla (USA)
  • TCHEUMEO, Audrey (FRA)
  • AGUIAR, Mayra (BRA)
  • VELENSEK, Anamari (SLO)
  • CASTILLO, Yalennis (CUB)
  • MALZAHN, Luise (GER)
  • JOO, Abigel (HUN)
  • POWELL, Natalie (GBR)

Men's 100kg gold won by Lukas Krpalek (CZE)

Rio 2016 Olympic -100kg champion Lukas KRPALEK (CZE)

The Czech Republic's Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony flagbearer Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) became the standard-bearer today as he won his country's first Olympic judo medal and first gold in any sport at Rio 2016. Former world champion KRPALEK, 25, already had all the motivation he needed with a tilt at an Olympic title at stake but welcomed his new born baby Antonin to the world just a fortnight ago and was fighting for him and his late teammate Alexandr JURECKA who tragically passed away last year.

KRPALEK said:

"Many people told me, 'Lukas, you will be champion, you will be champion'. That was very hard. A lot of people in Czech Republic had huge expectations. I am the number one in the Czech Republic and I am a legend in judo at home. In the first round and in the second round I did not feel so good. Every match was so hard, but the first and the second match were even harder, because I fought with small guys and I don't like that. I am very proud that I could win the first Olympic medal for Czech Judo, the gold medal. It is amazing."

Men's 100kg final Results

  • KRPALEK, Lukas (CZE)
  • GASIMOV, Elmar (AZE)
  • MARET, Cyrille (FRA)
  • HAGA, Ryunosuke (JPN)
  • FREY, Karl-Richard (GER)
  • BLOSHENKO, Artem (UKR)
  • DARWISH, Ramadan (EGY)
  • GVINIASHVILI, Beka (GEO)

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