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Jul 31, 2012

Zolnir wins Slovenia’s first judo gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Slovenia’s Urska Zolnir won her country’s first Olympic judo gold on Tuesday and admitted victory had even come as a surprise to herself.

The 30-year-old world number three, who won bronze in Athens in 2004, defeated China’s Xu Lili in the final of the women’s -63kg category, getting the all important winning score when she threw Xu over her shoulder for a waza-ari.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Zolnir wins Slovenia’s first judo gold

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Slovenia’s Urska Zolnir won her
country’s first Olympic judo gold on Tuesday and admitted
victory had even come as a surprise to herself.

The 30-year-old world number three, who won bronze in Athens
in 2004, defeated China’s Xu Lili in the final of the women’s
-63kg category, getting the all important winning score when she
threw Xu over her shoulder for a waza-ari.

Jul 30, 2012

Saudi woman allowed to compete in hijab

LONDON (Reuters) – A female Saudi fighter will take part in the Olympic judo competition after being allowed to wear an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, of a specific design, officials said on Monday.

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani is one of only two Saudi women to travel to London after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lobbied the conservative Islamic kingdom to end its refusal to send women to the Games.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Saudi woman allowed to compete in hijab

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – A female Saudi fighter will take
part in the Olympic judo competition after being allowed to wear
an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, of a specific design, officials
said on Monday.

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani is one of only two
Saudi women to travel to London after the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) lobbied the conservative Islamic kingdom to end
its refusal to send women to the Games.

Jul 30, 2012

Isaev claims Russia’s second judo gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Mansur Isaev won Russia’s second judo gold in London in the space of three days on Monday, putting their success on the mat down to an overhaul of the sport in his country

Fourth seed Isaev, 25, triumphed in the men’s -73kg category, coming out on top in a fast and furious final fight with Japan’s Riki Nakaya.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Isaev claims Russia’s second judo gold

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Mansur Isaev won Russia’s second
judo gold in London in the space of three days on Monday,
putting their success on the mat down to an overhaul of the
sport in his country

Fourth seed Isaev, 25, triumphed in the men’s -73kg
category, coming out on top in a fast and furious final fight
with Japan’s Riki Nakaya.

Jul 30, 2012

Japan’s Matsumoto swaps snacks for gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Judoka Kaori Matsumoto won Japan’s first gold of the London Games on Monday, confessing she had been forced to give up eating ice cream to become champion.

Matsumoto, 24, the world number one, who had been fast, aggressive and determined throughout the tournament, won the final of the women’s -57kg category when Corina Caprioriu of Romania was penalized for a leg grab.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Japan’s Matsumoto swaps snacks for gold

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Judoka Kaori Matsumoto won
Japan’s first gold of the London Games on Monday, confessing she
had been forced to give up eating ice cream to become champion.

Matsumoto, 24, the world number one, who had been fast,
aggressive and determined throughout the tournament, won the
final of the women’s -57kg category when Corina Caprioriu of
Romania was penalised for a leg grab.

Jul 29, 2012

Chaos, shocks as young Georgian wins gold

LONDON (Reuters) – Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili, the youngest competitor in the event, grabbed Olympic gold in the men’s -66kg judo category on Sunday in a tournament spiced with shock results and an extraordinary refereeing volte-face.

The unheralded 20-year-old, the world number 32, defeated Hungary’s Miklos Ungvari, 31, in the final to send a small but incredibly noisy group of fans from his homeland wild as he secured Georgia’s third ever judo gold.

Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Judo-Chaos, shocks as young Georgian wins gold

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili,
the youngest competitor in the event, grabbed Olympic gold in
the men’s -66kg judo category on Sunday in a tournament spiced
with shock results and an extraordinary refereeing volte-face.

The unheralded 20-year-old, the world number 32, defeated
Hungary’s Miklos Ungvari, 31, in the final to send a small but
incredibly noisy group of fans from his homeland wild as he
secured Georgia’s third ever judo gold.