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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
First-ever gold still within reach
Judo historically has not been a strong event for the United States in the Olympics, but head coach Jimmy Pedro is confident about the team’s chances. Marti Malloy captured America’s first judo medal of the games yesterday, taking home the bronze in the Women's -57kg division. Kayla Harrison, another student of Pedro's and a previous world champion, competes on Thursday. Harrison is considered by many to be the team's best chance at making it to the top of the podium.
"A gold and either a silver or a bronze would be a spectacular performance," says Pedro. "We're setting our sights on making Olympic history, and that's winning a gold medal."
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