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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.

Aug 1, 2012

Judo: Medal is for ailing Greeks, says Iliadis

LONDON (Reuters) – Ilias Iliadis put aside his disappointment at missing out on a judo gold medal at the London Olympics and said he hoped the bronze he won on Wednesday will bring some joy to those suffering in crisis-hit Greece.

Iliadis said he wanted his medal, Greece’s first of the Games, to have a positive impact back home. He had been favorite to add gold in the men’s -90kg category to the one he won in Athens as a teenager eight years ago.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Medal is for ailing Greeks, says Iliadis

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ilias Iliadis put aside his
disappointment at missing out on a judo gold medal at the London
Olympics and said he hoped the bronze he won on Wednesday will
bring some joy to those suffering in crisis-hit Greece.

Iliadis said he wanted his medal, Greece’s first of the
Games, to have a positive impact back home. He had been
favourite to add gold in the men’s -90kg category to the one he
won in Athens as a teenager eight years ago.

Aug 1, 2012

Judo: ong puts retirement on hold to win gold

LONDON (Reuters) – South Korean Song Dae-nam almost quit judo four years ago but his decision to give the Olympic Games one last shot in London paid off handsomely on Wednesday when he won a surprise gold medal.

Song, ranked 17th in the world, had not been expected to challenge for gold but he upset Cuban Asley Gonzalez in the final of the men’s -90kg category, his winning waza-ari throw coming in the golden score extra time period.

Aug 1, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Song puts retirement on hold to win gold

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – South Korean Song Dae-nam almost
quit judo four years ago but his decision to give the Olympic
Games one last shot in London paid off handsomely on Wednesday
when he won a surprise gold medal.

Song, ranked 17th in the world, had not been expected to
challenge for gold but he upset Cuban Asley Gonzalez in the
final of the men’s -90kg category, his winning waza-ari throw
coming in the golden score extra time period.

Jul 31, 2012

Women fighters back Saudi hijab decision

LONDON (Reuters) – Top female judo fighters on Tuesday backed the decision to allow a Saudi athlete to compete at the Olympic Games wearing an Islamic headscarf, saying it would not bother them and would be good for women’s sport.

Teenager Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, one of the first two Saudi women chosen to compete at an Olympics, had threatened to pull out after the sport’s governing body said she could not compete wearing a hijab because it was too dangerous.

Jul 31, 2012

Judo: Women fighters back Saudi hijab decision

LONDON (Reuters) – Top female judo fighters on Tuesday backed the decision to allow a Saudi athlete to compete at the Olympic Games wearing an Islamic headscarf, saying it would not bother them and would be good for women’s sport.

Teenager Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, one of the first two Saudi women chosen to compete at an Olympics, had threatened to pull out after the sport’s governing body said she could not compete wearing a hijab because it was too dangerous.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Women fighters back Saudi hijab decision

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Top female judo fighters on
Tuesday backed the decision to allow a Saudi athlete to compete
at the Olympic Games wearing an Islamic headscarf, saying it
would not bother them and would be good for women’s sport.

Teenager Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, one of the
first two Saudi women chosen to compete at an Olympics, had
threatened to pull out after the sport’s governing body said she
could not compete wearing a hijab because it was too dangerous.