Diane Bell (judoka)

Diane Bell (born 11 October 1963) is a British former judoka. She won the 56–61 kg event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, but at the time women's judo was then still a demonstration sport, so unlike the men Bell did not enter the list of Olympic medalists in judo. She also won two World Judo Championships, a Commonwealth Games gold and three European Judo Championships.

Diane Bell
Personal information
National teamUnited Kingdom
Born (1963-10-11) 11 October 1963 (age 57)
Corbridge, Northumberland
Sport
SportJudo
ClubFairholme
Achievements and titles
World finals1986, 1987
Olympic finals1988

CareerEdit

Bell won the World Judo Championships in 1986 and 1987,[1] and the European Championships in 1984, 1986 and 1988. Bell is Britain's most successful judoka at the European Judo Championships. In total, she has won 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 5 bronze medals.[1][2] In 1988, she won the 56–61 kg event; women's judo was a demonstration sport at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1] Bell represented England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand, and won a gold medal in the 61kg half-middleweight.[3][4] Bell beat New Zealander Donna Guy-Halkyard in the final.[5] Bell also competed at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.[1]

In 1997, Bell took up coaching.[1] At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Bell cut Deborah Allan's hair on the weighing scales after Allan was found to be 400 grams (14 oz) over the weight limit for her event.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Diane Bell Judoka". Judo Inside. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE EUROPEAN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS". British Judo. 19 April 2016. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "1990 Athletes". Team England. Archived from the original on 21 August 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation. Archived from the original on 20 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Mapp dazed by solid gold". The Guardian. 2 February 1990. p. 20. Retrieved 12 February 2021 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Soames, Nicholas (16 January 2001). "Judo: Allan appeal sees ban overturned". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 11 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit

Diane Bell at the International Olympic Committee