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Rio 2016: Szandra Szogedi loses to Brazilian in judo

Szandra Szogedi (blue) tussling with an opponent {FILE PHOTO}

Ghanaian judoka Szandra Szogedi lost to home favourite Mariana Silva in the women's 63 kilogrammes judo competition on Tuesday afternoon in the ongoing 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Although Szandra made history as Ghana's first female judoka to participate in the Games, she was unable to overpower her Brazilian opponent during their contest.

The 27-year-old was born in Budapest to Hungarian parents but switched nationality after marrying a Ghanaian engineer. She first competed for Ghana five years ago and she qualified for the games last May in Kazakhstan.

Szandra, a member of Ghana's 16-person contingent for the Games becomes the second athlete to exit the 2016 Olympics after 14-year-old swimmer Kaya Forson.