Parade planned for judo Olympic gold medalist in Ohio hometown

United States' Kayla Harrison, top, and France's Audrey Tcheumeo compete in the women's 78-kg judo gold medal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

MIDDLETOWN, OH (AP) – The Ohio hometown of a two-time Olympic medalist is throwing her a parade.

Kayla Harrison earned a judo gold medal on Thursday in the 172-pound weight class at the Rio Olympics, four years after earning gold at the London Olympics. She’s the first American to win consecutive judo medals.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the Middletown City School District and the city will hold a parade in her honor on Sept. 9.

The city held a parade for Harrison in 2012 as well. Gold medalist and fellow Middletown native, Jerry Lucas, a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, presented Harrison with a bouquet of flowers.

Harrison grew up in Middletown. She moved to Boston when she was 16. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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