Diane Bell (judoka)
|National team||United Kingdom|
|Born||11 October 1963|
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||1986, 1987|
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, 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. 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. In 1997, Bell took up coaching. 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.
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