The sport of pankration dates back to the 648 BC Olympic Games. According to Plutarch, it was created by Theseus to defeat the Minotaur.
Japanese Martial Arts
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London 2012: Wojdan Shaherkani makes history competing as Saudi Arabia's first ever female Olympic athlete
Friday 03 August 2012
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
Friday 03 August 2012
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.
Friday 03 August 2012
Unfancied Londoner storms to final and takes silver to stave off threats of funding cuts
Thursday 02 August 2012
Team GB judoka Gemma Gibbons said she had felt ready for "something special" as she grappled her way to Olympic silver.
Wednesday 01 August 2012
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.
Monday 30 July 2012
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.
Sunday 29 July 2012
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.
Saturday 28 July 2012
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
Wednesday 27 June 2012
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.
Saturday 04 February 2012
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.
Monday 23 January 2012
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.
Friday 23 December 2011
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.
Tuesday 12 April 2011
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”.
Monday 07 February 2011
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.
Friday 07 January 2011
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.
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
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Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
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