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The sport of pankration dates back to the 648 BC Olympic Games. According to Plutarch, it was created by Theseus to defeat the Minotaur.

Wojdan Shaherkani of Saudi Arabia (left) competes with Melissa Mojica of the United States in the Women's +78 kg Judo on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

London 2012: Wojdan Shaherkani makes history competing as Saudi Arabia's first ever female Olympic athlete

In the end her Olympic début lasted little more than a minute. But for the women of Saudi Arabia it was a revolutionary minute.

London 2012: Women's judo silver medalist Gemma Gibbons will have to learn to deal with being a household name

After her sensational silver medal in the women's judo yesterday evening, Gemma Gibbons has a fresh challenge on her hands: Learning how to deal with with the new found fame that comes with becoming a household name overnight.

Gemma Gibbons picks up her silver in the judo

Judo: Tears of joy for Gibbons as unlikely medal lifts British team

Unfancied Londoner storms to final and takes silver to stave off threats of funding cuts

August 2, 2012: Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain (white) the moment she beat Audrey Tcheumeo of France in the semi-final of the Women's-78 kg Judo on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Gemma Gibbons wins Team GB's first Olympic judo medal in 12 years

Team GB judoka Gemma Gibbons said she had felt ready for "something special" as she grappled her way to Olympic silver.

August 1, 2012: Team GB’s Winston Gordon defeating Canada’s Alexandre Emond to move into the last 16 of the -90kg judo

Judo: Team GB veteran Winston Gordon provides Judo lift before losing to Russian

Veteran Winston Gordon lit up North Arena 2 with an ippon win over Alexandre Emond of Canada in the first round of the under-90kgs at ExCeL.

Judo: Olympic hopes for judo team take a tumble with defeats for Sarah Clark and Daniel Williams

Britain's hopes to end a 12-year medal drought in judo competition took a tumble today with defeats for both Sarah Clark and Daniel Williams.

British player Colin Oates lost his repêchage bout to Cho Junho of South Korea

Judo: Colin Oates misses out in quest for medal

Britain's Colin Oates missed out on the chance to fight for Olympic judo bronze when he was beaten by Jun-Ho Cho of Korea in the repechage of the men's under-66kgs at ExCeL.

Ashley McKenzie in action earlier today

Ashley McKenzie and Kelly Edwards bow out from Olympic judo dream

The clock in the ExCel Arena was coming up to 9.50am when Ashley McKenzie’s Olympics came to an end after just 4min10sec.

Call handlers admit they could have done more to help mentally ill man who later died in police custody

Two 999 call-handlers have admitted to an inquest that they could have done more to alert police about the seriousness and urgency of a situation involving a mentally ill man who later died in police custody.

Mason says: 'I'm very good at ballet dancing, which, let's face it, I was born to do'

My Secret Life: Jackie Mason, 75, comedian

My parents were... fantastic. My father was a rabbi, my mother was a typical Jewish mother who fussed over her children and thought they could do no wrong.

Judo: Willis defies age gap with gold

The teenager Hayley Willis won gold with a stunning display at the Senior British Closed Championships in Sheffield yesterday. The 16-year-old from Stratford in east London won the junior title in the under-48kg category on Saturday before stepping up to the senior level.

Esteban Alvarado blocks his attacker with a mid-air kick

AZ Alkmaar keeper kicks fan to spark game boycott

The Dutch Football Federation has said it has yet to decide whether to replay a Cup match between Ajax and AZ that was abandoned after a fan ran on to the field to attack AZ's goalkeeper.

Cooper Brown: Stake out

I parked the Quattroporte on the other side of the street from the Cooperdome so that I could take advantage of the good weather to sit on the balcony and observe “Operation Lesbian Sticker Lady”.

Sumo event halted over bout-fixing

The crisis in Japan's national sport deepened this weekend when sumo wrestling's governing body scrapped a major spring tournament as it struggles to deal with match-rigging claims.

DVD: Freakonomics (12)

With scribbled cartoon graphics and animations, this adaptation of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's bestseller looks like it's trying to cling to book form.

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