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Kayla Harrison wins bronze at world judo championships

Kayla Harrison wins bronze medal at the 2014 World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Last summer, Kayla Harrison tweeted photos of herself at the hospital -- fresh off knee surgery -- with the words: "The comeback has started."

The 24-year-old Ohio native marked the next stage of that journey on Friday with a bronze medal at the 2014 World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Harrison stormed back through the repechage after losing to the eventual champion -- Mayra Aguiar of Brazil -- in the 78-kilogram semifinals.

Before her injury, she ranked among the brightest U.S. stars at the 2012 London Olympics. Her story made national news when she spoke of being sexually abused by a coach and nearly quitting the sport.

Harrison won gold at those Games, becoming the first Olympic champion in U.S. judo history.

The world championships are scheduled to continue through Sunday.

 

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