London 2012 Olympics: Ohio Native Kayla Harrison Wins 1st Ever American Gold In Judo

Kayla Harrison would not be denied in her quest for the first even American gold medal in judo, defeating Britain's Gemma Gibbons in the finals.

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London 2012 Final Medal Count: United States Wins Overall Tally With 104 Total Medals

By adding two more gold medals to its tally on the final day of competition from the 2012 Summer Games from London, Team USA cruised to a comfortable victory over the rest of the world in the overall medal count.

With golds on Sunday in both men's basketball and men's individual freestyle 96kg wrestling from Jake Varner, the United States also managed to win the race for gold medals as well, as it recorded eight more first-place finishes than China, the next closest competitor. And with a downright impressive 17-medal victory over the field at this year's games, it's quite evident that many of America's top athletes are quite literally at the peak of their respective sports.

Here are the results of the final medal count after 302 events:

1. United States, 104 (46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)

2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)

3. Russia, 82 (24, 25, 33)

4. Great Britain, 65 (29, 17, 19)

5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

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London Olympics 2012: Ohio Native Kayla Harrison Becomes First American To Win Gold In Women's Judo

Ohio native Kayla Harrison became the first American to win a gold medal in the women's judo event on Thursday when she defeated Britain's Gemma Gibbons in the final of the 78-kg judo competition. This was an amazing historical performance for Harrison, facing Gibbons who had the home crowd behind her.

The gold medal victory adds to the Harrison's story, considering her background. The Middletown native left Ohio for Boston after her former judo coach went to prison for sexually abusing her. Now Harrison is taking apart her competition in the ultimate success story that anyone from any country can easily gravitate to.

Prior to Harrison's gold medal victory on Thursday, the highest an American ever received in judo action was a bronze medal.

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2012 Summer Olympics Day 5 Preview: TV Info, Online Streaming And More

The Americans look to add to their medal count on Thursday as they trail China by one for the lead. China finished Day 5 of the Olympics in London with 30 medals, while the U.S. was right behind them with 29.

Take a look at Thursday's Olympic schedule right here.

4 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's Basketball: France vs. Lithuania (4 a.m.), Brazil vs. Russia (11:30 a.m.)
  • Women's Field Hockey: USA vs. Australia (5:45 a.m.), China vs. Netherlands (9:35 a.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: Serbia vs. Germany (7:15 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (10:30 a.m.)
  • Men's Table Tennis: Semifinals (1:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Archery: Individual Gold Medal Final (2:20 p.m.)
  • Men's Boxing: Round of 16 Bouts (Lightweight and Middleweight Classes, 3 p.m.)
  • Men's Shooting: Double Trap Gold Medal Final (4:45 p.m.)
  • Men's Basketball: USA vs. Nigeria (5:15 p.m.)

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Bravo)

  • Tennis: Singles Quarterfinals, Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals, Doubles Semifinals

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Men's Water Polo: Montenegro vs. Serbia (9 a.m.), Romania vs. Hungary (10:15 a.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: Poland vs. Argentina (11:45 a.m.)
  • Equestrian: Dressage Qualifying (1:30 p.m.)
  • Men's Handball: Serbia vs. Denmark (2:30 p.m.), Sweden vs. Iceland (5 p.m.)
  • Badminton: Semifinals (4 p.m.)
  • Women's Judo: 78 kg Gold Medal Final (4:30 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Swimming: Qualifying (10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m.)
  • Canoeing: Whitewater, Men's C-2 Gold Medal Final (10:15 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (11:30 a.m.)
  • Cycling: Track Gold Medal Finals (12:45 p.m.)
  • Men's Water Polo: USA vs. Great Britain (1:20 p.m.)
  • Rowing: Gold Medal Finals (2:20 p.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: USA vs. Brazil (3 p.m.)

5 - 8 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Boxing: Round of 16 Bouts (lightweight and middleweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Swimming: Gold Medal Finals (Women's 200m breaststroke, 100m freestyle; Men's 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying
  • Women's Rowing: Eights Gold Medal Final

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Women's Canoeing: Whitewater, K-1 Gold Med
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