Wojdan Shaherkani, a 16-year-old from Mecca, lost in 82 seconds in an elimination match against Puerto Rican Melissa Mojica, who ranks 13th in the world. The end of her Olympic run, though, was overshadowed by the momentousness of her short-lived presence on the mat.
"I'm excited and proud to be representing my country," Shaherkani said in a statement after the match. "Unfortunately I lost, but I'll do better next time."
Shaherkani competed in a hijab, or headscarf, after being exempted from judo's notoriously strict rules about dress.
In women's soccer, the Americans advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 shutout of New Zealand Friday. Abby Wambach, who scored the lone goal of the U.S. victory over North Korea Tuesday, put her team on the scoreboard in the 27th minute. For insurance, teammate Sydney Leroux carried the ball on a half-field breakway to score a second goal.
The Americans will face off the winner of Monday's match between Canada and Britain.