Gemma Gibbons delivered Britain's first Olympic judo medal in 12 years after she won the silver medal in the judo sports category at the London 2012 Olympics
Great Britain won its first judo medal in 12 years and this feat was performed by Gemma Gibbons, the judo fighter representing her country. Gemma Gibbons qualified for the final round and there she was beaten by American judo fighter Kayla Harrison in the women's under-76 kgs final at ExCel. This is the first time in 12 years that Great Britain has won a medal in this category after 12 long years, and this medal was long awaited. The last time a medal in this category was won back in 2000, so this was a much-awaited prize for the country.
Gemma Gibbons played exceptionally well considering the fact that she had remained out of practice last year due to an injury. The 25-year-old judo player required a surgery to her soldier last year, and then she could not play for the next six months after the surgery and hence she could not practice during all this time. Gemma Gibbons was coached by Kate Howey, who was the last British judo fighter who won the Olympic silver medal at the Sydney Games in 2000.
Meanwhile America grabbed its first ever Olympic gold medal in the judo category. The judo player who got America the medal is Kayla Harrison, who won the final round against Gibbons by obtaining 2 Yuko scores. Harrison really did her country proud as this is the first time ever that America has won a gold medal in the category.
The final judo match was watched by British Prime Minister and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who himself is a judo black belt. David Cameron congratulated Gemma Gibbons after her win and he looked happy over this success.
When Gemma Gibbons won the silver medal, she looked up to the skies and mouthed 'I love you mum', in memory of her late mother Jeanette. Gibbons' mother passed away in 2004 due to leukemia and apparently Gibbons' silver medal was dedicated to her dead mother.
The bronze medal in the judo category was won by Audrey Tcheumeo, who was previously the world champion in this sport. Earlier Gemma Gibbons had defeated Tcheumeo by disposing her off using an ippon throw in the golden score.