Diane Bell (judoka)

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Diane Bell
Personal information
National teamUnited Kingdom
Born (1963-10-11) 11 October 1963 (age 56)
Corbridge, Northumberland
Achievements and titles
World finals1986, 1987
Olympic finals1988

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 Championships.


Bell won the World Judo Championships in 1986 & 1987,[1] and the European Championships in 1984, 1986 and 1988. Bell is Britain's most successful judoka at the European 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. She also competed at the 1992 & 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 100g over the weight limit for her event.[3]

She represented England and won a gold medal in the 61kg half-middleweight, at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Diane Bell Judoka". Judo Inside. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ "10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE EUROPEAN JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS". British Judo. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ Soames, Nicholas (16 January 2001). "Judo: Allan appeal sees ban overturned". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  4. ^ "1990 Athletes". Team England.
  5. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.

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