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.

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