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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.

Jul 31, 2012

South Korean Kim gets revenge for Beijing

LONDON (Reuters) – South Korean Kim Jae-bum won judo gold in the men’s -81kg category on Tuesday, getting revenge over the fighter who beat him to the Olympic title four years ago.

In a repeat of their clash in Beijing, 27-year-old Kim, the world number two, overcame holder Ole Bischof from Germany thanks to two yuko scores early in the contest.

Jul 31, 2012

Judo: South Korean Kim gets revenge for Beijing

LONDON (Reuters) – South Korean Kim Jae-bum won judo gold in the men’s -81kg category on Tuesday, getting revenge over the fighter who beat him to the Olympic title four years ago.

In a repeat of their clash in Beijing, 27-year-old Kim, the world number two, overcame holder Ole Bischof from Germany thanks to two yuko scores early in the contest.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Judo-South Korean Kim gets revenge for Beijing

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – South Korean Kim Jae-bum won
judo gold in the men’s -81kg category on Tuesday, getting
revenge over the fighter who beat him to the Olympic title four
years ago.

In a repeat of their clash in Beijing, 27-year-old Kim, the
world number two, overcame holder Ole Bischof from Germany
thanks to two yuko scores early in the contest.

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.