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  • News | London 2012

    When an “ordinary Mongolian herdsman” defied a torn ACL to fight for Olympic glory

    The people of Mongolia had been waiting a long time for a gold medal-winning hero and, in judoka Tuvshinbayar Naidan, they found a man worthy of every accolade. Four years after “healing his nation” by securing a first-ever Olympic crown, Naidan simply refused to be beaten by serious injury.
    10 Nov 2020 | Olympic News, Beijing 2008 Legacy, London 2012, Mongolia, Judo
  • Naidan Wins First Gold For Mongolia | Video

    Naidan Wins First Gold For Mongolia

    Tuvshinbayar Naidan claims Mongolia's first gold medal as he defeats Ashkat Zhitkeyev of Kazakhstan in men's half-heavyweight judo. Naidan shows more aggression at the start of the match, taking a commanding lead, but is unable to score an ippon. Zhitkeyev tries to pin Naidan, but the Mongolian counters with two more throws to win the gold. Judo 100kg Men Final - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - Tuvshinbayar Naidan (MGL), Askhat Zhitkeyev (KAZ)
  • Mongolia's parade during Beijing 2008 opening ceremony | Video

    Mongolia's parade during Beijing 2008 opening ceremony

    Judoka Makhgalyn Bayarjavkhlan leads Mongolia's Olympic athletes in the Parade of Nations during the Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremonies. Marching with pride the Mongolia athletes carry the Olympic hope of their nation. Mongolia - Parade of Nations - Opening Ceremony - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Soronzonbold’s bronze for Mongolia

    Soronzonbold’s bronze for Mongolia

    London 2012 - Battsetseg Soronzonbold celebrates with Mongolia’s flag upon winning a bronze medal in women’s wrestling 63kg freestyle on 8 August, 2012.
    Wednesday, August 8, 2012 4:30 PM | Photo
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