Parade planned for judo Olympic gold medalist, Ohio native


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (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 (http://cin.ci/2bMUCQh ) 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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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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