US Olympic gold medal judo champion Kayla Harrison speaks on winning in Rio

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS Today was able to speak with the Middletown native and two-time gold medal winner Kayla Harrison.

In the gold medal final match, ahead on penalties and with just six seconds to go, Harrison armbarred France’s Audrey Tcheumeo, a London 2012 bronze medalist, for the victory.

 “I was,” Harrison said afterward, “fearless today.”

She also said, “Winning my first Olympic gold” in London in 2012, “I thought nothing would ever get better. But this is better.”

Her mother, 48-year-old Jeannie Yazell of Middletown summed it up this way: “It was spectacular.”

Harrison’s medal gives the Americans two at the Rio 2016 tournament. Travis Stevens took silver in the men’s 81kg (178 lbs) class.

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