judo

Was there actually a curse upon the 2012 Olympic flag-bearers?

U.S. judoka Nick Delpopolo was disqualified from competing at the London Games by the International Olympic Committee today after he failed an in-competition drug test. Delpopolo tested positive for THC, but in a statement claimed he was unaware he had ingested it. “My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I […]

It may be the best Olympics ever for women, but that hasn't stopped the sexist commentary.

Saudi Arabia’s Wojdan Shaherkani may have only lasted 82 seconds in her first-round judo bout, but the 16-year-old still made history when she became the first Saudi woman ever to compete in an Olympic Games. Read Liz Clarke’s full account here.

Liz Clarke has the details on Wojdan Shaherkani making history: The contest lasted roughly 90 seconds. The 16-year-old Shaherkani, who was making her competitive debut in the glare of the global spotlight, was thrown on her back in an Ippon by her opponent, 28-year-old Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico in the opening round of women’s +78 […]

Wojdan Shaherkani made history as the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in an Olympic Games.

Wojdan Shaherkani, 16, will make history this morning as the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in an Olympic Games. It will mark the first time the judoka has competed anywhere, in fact, because women aren’t allowed to play competitive sports or attend sporting events in the Kingdom. Rather than qualifying for the London […]

Kayla Harrison took out the world's top-ranked judoka to become the first American ever to win Olympic gold in judo.

Kayla Harrison topped Britain’s Gemma Gibbons in the final of the 78-kg judo competition Thursday afternoon, becoming the first American to ever win Olympic judo gold. It was the fourth fight of the day for the 22-year old Harrison, who topped the world’s top-ranked fighter, Brazil’s Mayra Aguiar, in the semifinal round. Read the full […]

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