Saudi Olympian to Fight in Hijab

Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, center, opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, July 27, 2012.
Saudi Arabia's Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, center, opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, July 27, 2012.
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Officials have reached an agreement to allow a female judo athlete from Saudi Arabia compete at the London Olympics wearing some form of headscarf.

The International Olympic Committee says Wojdan Shaherkani can wear a hijab when competing Friday in the women's heavyweight division. The International Judo Federation had said a headscarf could be dangerous because the sport include chokeholds and aggressive grabbing techniques.

Saudi Arabia sent two female athletes to London on condition they adhere to the Muslim country's strict dress code.

Swimming: Phelps Poised to Make History

In competition Tuesday, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps will try to make Olympic history when he competes in the 200-meter butterfly final. Phelps can become the first male swimmer in Olympics history to win a gold medal in the same swimming event in three successive games. He also won the gold in 2004 and 2008.

It would also be Phelps's 18th career Olympic medal, tying him with Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina on the all-time list. He could own the record outright if he and his teammates win a medal in the 200-meter freestyle relay, also later Tuesday.

On the women's side, two teenage swimmers will aim for their second gold medal of the 2012 Olympics, 16-year-old Ye Shiwen of China will race in the 200-meter individual medley, while 17-year-old Missy Franklin of the United States will swim in the 200-meter freestyle event. Ye broke the world record in the 400-meter medley Sunday, later fending off accusations that she used performance-enhancing drugs. Franklin took gold in the 100-meter freestyle Monday, just minutes after qualifying for the 200-meter event.

Gymnastics, Equestrian

In women's gymnastics, the United States is the favorite to take home the team gold medal, holding a solid lead over Russia and China.

In the equestrian event, second-place Great Britain is hoping to outclass the first-place German team in Tuesday's team competition, which combines the riding disciplines of dressage (synchronized movement) and obstacle jumping. The British team includes Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth.

Empty seats

Outside the Olympic venues, Londoners are angry about the huge amounts of empty seats at many of the events. The seats were reserved by national and international Olympic federations and Olympic sponsors. In response to the outcry, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that military personnel and other members of the general public will be offered tickets to events.

After three days of competition, China and the United States are tied with 17 medals, followed by Japan with 11, Italy with 8 and France with 7.

  • Chinese gymnast Chen Yibing performs on the rings during the Artistic Gymnastic men's team final, July 30, 2012.
  • Michael Phelps of the U.S. reacts after taking third place in his men's 200m butterfly heat at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre.
  • The South Korean men's cycling team during a training session at the Velopark in London, July 30, 2012.
  • Sweden's Linda Algotsson rides La Fair as she competes in the Eventing Cross Country equestrian event in Greenwich Park.
  • Micronesia's Manuel Minginfel drops weights on the men's 62Kg Group B weightlifting competition.
  • Czech Republic's Kvitova returns to China's Peng in their women's singles tennis match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
  • South Korea's Shin A Lam reacts after being defeated by Germany's Britta Heidemann during their women's epee individual semifinal fencing competition at the ExCel venue.
  • China's team celebrates after the men's gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena.
  • Germany's Jasmin Schornberg competes in the women's K-1 kayak slalom heats at the Lee Valley White Water Center.
  • China's Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan perform a dive in the men's synchronised 10m platform final at the Aquatics Centre.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.
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by: meehee lee from: new zealnad
August 01, 2012 3:28 AM
us korean never want that happening

it is no use objeceting about unfair decision
i really upset to hear unfair apee gaim on tv and i hope that women apee referee make a good decision on next time
and this kind of unfair decision should not be done again for the true olympic game.

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