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Saudi judoka inspires female compatriots
by Abdel Hadi al-Habtoor
Saudi Arabia's first woman to compete at the Olympics, judoka Wojdan Shaherkani, has given hope with her symbolic brief fight on Friday to female compatriots who also dream of international competition.
"We are proud of her participation which we believe will open the doors for greater presence" of Saudi women in international sports, said Saudi sports journalist Amal Ismael.
Shaherkani walked onto the judo mat and bowed to her opponent Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico before gripping up to make history. But her debut lasted just 82 seconds before she was thrown for the maximum ippon.
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