The Gambia and Sub-Saharan Africa’s first female International Olympic Committee member Beatrice Allen had the honour of presenting the medals for the women’s -52kgs judo championship in the 2016 Rio Olympics on Saturday 06th August, 2016.
The event was won by Majlinda Kelmendi claimed victory in the women’s -52kg weight class to become the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic medal.
The first vice president of The Gambia National Olympic Community was in hand to present the first of three medal presentations she has done in this 31st Olympiad.
Ranked second in her class, Kelmendi overcame 10th-seeded Odette Giuffrida of Italy in the final courtesy of single point from a yuko, which had initially been judged to be a more valuable waza-ari. The trailblazing Kosovan had an even tougher fight in the semi-final, squeezing past Japan’s Misato Nakamura by a penalty. Taking bronze along with Nakamura was Russia’s Natalia Kuziutina.
Beatrice Allen was performing her duty as an International Olympic Committee member though said she was happy to hand over the gold to Majlinda Kelmendi.
The handing of the medals is a role as an IOC Member, they present the medals and the International Federation gives out the token.
In the Olympics Games, IOC member has given the honour to choose at least three events to present a medal at and Gambia’s IOC member has chosen Judo, Athletics and Swimming.
Story Source: Namory Trawally in Rio, Brazil