What is your favourite international Olympic judo moment?
At Tokyo 1964, Anton Geesink of the Netherlands shocks the host nation by winning the open weight division over Akio Kaminaga, the only gold medal that didn’t go to a Japanese competitor in judo’s Olympic debut.
At Beijing 2008, Japan’s Ryoko Tamura-Tani wins bronze in the women’s extra-lightweight division, making her the first female summer Olympian to reach the podium in the same individual event five straight times.
The women’s heavyweight final at London 2012 is one for the ages, as Kayla Harrison becomes the first American to win Olympic gold in judo, defeating Great Britain’s Gemma Gibbons who surprised the home crowd after stunning the reigning world champion with a golden score in her semifinal.
At Los Angeles 1984, Egypt’s Mohamed Ali Rashwan loses the open weight gold medal match to Japan’s Yasuhiro Yamashita, but helps the victor with his torn right calf muscle onto the top step of the podium.
At Athens 2004, Japan’s Tadahiro Nomura wins men’s extra lightweight gold, becoming the first judoka to win three straight Olympic gold medals.
At London 2012, 16-year-old Wojdan Shaherkani makes history just by stepping on the mat for her women’s heavyweight match, becoming the first ever female Olympian from Saudi Arabia.
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