Olympic Judo Recap: The Women's Gold Medalists in London

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Women's judo has been a part of the Summer Olympics as a medal sport since the Barcelona Games in 1992. Japan has won the most medals, with 27 podium finishes by its judoka.

However, judoka from other countries have continued to improve over the years, and Japan was not the most successful nation in the women's sport at the London Games. No nation won more than one gold in the seven weight classes, and France took the top spot in the overall medal standings for women with five.

The following list takes a look at all seven women to win judo gold this week in London:

78+ KILOGRAMS: Idalys Ortiz won Cuba's first judo gold of the London Games by defeating Japan's Mika Sugimoto in the Heavyweight class. Ortiz's victory was secured by judges' decision.

78 KILOGRAMS: Kayla Harrison captured the title in the Half-Heavyweight class, giving the U.S. its first-ever Olympic judo gold. She defeated Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons in front of a partisan home crowd for the silver medalist.

70 KILOGRAMS: France's Lucie Decosse, the silver medalist in Beijing at 63 kilograms, got her first Olympic gold by defeating Kerstin Thiele of Germany in the Middleweight class final.

63 KILOGRAMS: Urska Zolnir won judo gold for Slovenia by outperforming China's Xu Lili in the final of the Half-Middleweight class. In doing so, Zolnir became the first Slovenian woman to win Olympic gold.

57 KILOGRAMS: Kaori Matsumoto of Japan gave the judo power its only gold of the London Games in the women's Lightweight class. She secured the Olympic title with a top-notch display of judo to best the silver medalist, Corina Caprioriu of Romania.

52 KILOGRAMS: An Kum-Ae of North Korea became a hero for her comrades back home by taking the top spot on the medal podium in the Half-Lightweight class. She won by yuko over Yanet Bermoy of Cuba after their match went to a three-minute overtime period.

48 KILOGRAMS: Brazil's Sarah Menezes made Olympic history as she became the first Brazilian woman to win an individual Olympic gold. She captured the title in the Extra-Lightweight class by points over Romania's Alina Dumitru-the defending Olympic champion at the weight.

Patrick Hattman covers the Olympics for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and looks forward to more drama and excitement from the second week of the London Games.

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