Team GB’s Gemma Gibbons sent the crowd into raptures as she stunned France’s world champion Audrey Tcheumeo to reach the Olympic final at the ExCel Arena earlier today.
The 25-year-old from Greenwich threw Tcheumeo with a harai-goshi in golden score to dramatically seal Britain’s first Olympic final since 2000 and ensure she would win at least a silver medal – Team GB’s first Olympic judo medal for 12 years.
World number 42 Gibbons, who only moved up to the -78kg weight category in May, will now face 2010 world champion Kayla Harrison from America in the Olympic final.
Clearly shocked by her success, after the fight Gibbons said: “It doesn’t feel like it’s real.”
The Women’s Sports Magazine