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Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Harrison savours rise from victim to champion

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – As the United States’ flag rose in
the London ExCel Centre, the country’s first judo gold medallist
Kayla Harrison broke down in tears as the enormity of her
achievement in overcoming child sex abuse to become an Olympic
champion sank in.

“I was kind of reflecting back on my life and everything
that it’s taken to get here and everything I’ve gone through and
everything that everyone in my family has sacrificed,” she said.

Aug 2, 2012

Putin celebrates as Khaibulaev wins gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Tagir Khaibulaev won Russia’s third judo gold medal in London in the men’s -100kg on Thursday, thrilling Russia’s black belt president, Vladimir Putin, w h o leapt from his seat with his arms raised in celebration.

The world champion, 28, who has not lost an international match since August last year, defeated the champion of four years ago, Mongolia’s Tuvshinbayar Naidan, who left the arena at London’s ExCel Centre on a stretcher, with an automatic winning ippon throw.

Aug 2, 2012

Judo: Harrison wins first U.S. judo gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Kayla Harrison, who contemplated suicide after being sexually abused by her childhood coach, won the first Olympic judo gold for the United States on Thursday.

Harrison, 22, the world number two who had been aggressive and dominant throughout the competition, took the title beating Britain’s rank outsider Gemma Gibbons in the women’s -78kg category in a close final with two scoring throws.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Harrison wins first U.S. judo gold

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Kayla Harrison, who contemplated
suicide after being sexually abused by her childhood coach, won
the first Olympic judo gold for the United States on Thursday.

Harrison, 22, the world number two who had been aggressive
and dominant throughout the competition, took the title beating
Britain’s rank outsider Gemma Gibbons in the women’s -78kg
category in a close final with two scoring throws.

Aug 2, 2012

Judo: Putin celebrates as Khaibulaev wins gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Tagir Khaibulaev won Russia’s third judo gold medal in London in the men’s -100kg on Thursday, thrilling Russia’s black belt president, Vladimir Putin, who leapt from his seat with his arms raised in celebration.

The world champion, 28, who has not lost an international match since August last year, defeated the champion of four years ago, Mongolia’s Tuvshinbayar Naidan, who left the arena at London’s ExCel Centre on a stretcher, with an automatic winning ippon throw.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Putin celebrates as Khaibulaev wins gold

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Tagir Khaibulaev won Russia’s
third judo gold medal in London in the men’s -100kg on Thursday,
th rilling Russia’s black belt p r e sident, V ladimir Putin, w h o
leapt from his seat with his arms raised in celebration.

The world champion, 28, who has not lost an international
match since August last year, defeated the champion of four
years ago, Mongolia’s Tuvshinbayar Naidan, who left the arena at
London’s ExCel Centre on a stretcher, with an automatic winning
ippon throw.

Aug 2, 2012

Cameron tackles Putin on Syria in judo diplomacy

LONDON (Reuters) – Black-belted Vladimir Putin locked horns on Thursday with British leader David Cameron over Syria and a crackdown on Kremlin opponents before heading for an afternoon of judo diplomacy at the Olympic Games.

Prime Minister Cameron tried to push the former KGB spy to take a tougher line on Syria, Russia’s firmest foothold in the Middle East, and stop blocking Western-backed resolutions aimed at stepping up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

Aug 2, 2012

Olympics-Cameron tackles Putin on Syria in judo diplomacy

LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Black-belted Vladimir Putin locked
horns on Thursday with British leader David Cameron over Syria
and a crackdown on Kremlin opponents before heading for an
afternoon of judo diplomacy at the Olympic Games.

Prime Minister Cameron tried to push the former KGB spy to
take a tougher line on Syria, Russia’s firmest foothold in the
Middle East, and stop blocking Western-backed resolutions aimed
at stepping up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

Aug 1, 2012

Judo: Ruthless Decosse wins gold for France

LONDON (Reuters) – French judoka Lucie Decosse, who had won every major title except an Olympic gold, finally put that right on Wednesday, ruthlessly brushing aside her surprise opponent in the final.

Decosse, 30, the overwhelming favorite in the women’s -70kg category, convincingly beat German police officer Kerstin Thiele, a tournament outsider, to claim France’s first Olympic judo title for 12 years.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Ruthless Decosse wins gold for France

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – French judoka Lucie Decosse, who
had won every major title except an Olympic gold, finally put
that right on Wednesday, ruthlessly brushing aside her surprise
opponent in the final.

Decosse, 30, the overwhelming favourite in the women’s -70kg
category, convincingly beat German police officer Kerstin
Thiele, a tournament outsider, to claim France’s first Olympic
judo title for 12 years.