Kayla Harrison leads U.S. Olympic judo team for Rio

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Kayla Harrison, who in London became the first U.S. Olympic judo champion, leads the U.S. Olympic team of six judokas for Rio announced Wednesday.

Harrison, 25, is joined by Olympic bronze medalist Marti Malloy and two more London Olympians, Travis Stevens and Nick Delpopolo, and Olympic rookies Colton Brown and Angelica Delgado.

Harrison was upset in the 2015 World Championships round of 16 but is ranked No. 1 in the world in the 78kg division.

Harrison said last March that she would probably retire after the Rio Games, but if she continued on, it would primarily be because the 2020 Olympics are in Japan, where judo was founded.

Malloy, 29, is ranked No. 4 in the world in the 57kg division and owns a 2013 World Championships silver medal (in Rio) in addition to her Olympic bronze. Malloy lost in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Championships.

Stevens, 30, moved from No. 14 to No. 5 in the 81kg world rankings after becoming the first U.S. man to win a World Masters tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico, over the weekend. Stevens reached the quarterfinals at the Beijing Olympics and the semifinals at the London Games.

Delpopolo, 27, lost in the London Olympic quarterfinals and was later expelled from the Games after failing a drug test due to marijuana. He is ranked No. 32 in the 73kg division.

Delgado, 25, is ranked No. 25 in the 52kg division. Brown is No. 27 in the 90kg division.

The U.S. has never earned men’s and women’s judo medals at the same Olympics. Women’s judo joined the Olympic program in 1992.

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