Meet Szandra Szogedi, Ghana’s unlikely Olympian.

Ghana will see its first ever female judo athlete compete at an Olympic Games on Tuesday. 

Yet more remarkable is that Szandra Szogedi is, in fact, a former gymnastics champion from Hungary.

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The 27-year-old, who first competed for the West African nation only five years ago, will take to the judo mat in the 63kg category in Rio at 13:00 GMT.

She hopes her qualification can help grow the popularity of the sport in a country where football and boxing dominate and funding remains scarce.

Szogedi became a competitor for Ghana after marrying a Ghanaian.

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