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Algeria’s Soraya Haddad won medals for her country on the biggest podiums in judo. The multiple-time African champion brought notoriety to Algeria when she stepped up to succeed at the world level in 2005 with a bronze medal at the World Championships. That result gave the highly-popular fighter the belief to perform to the best of her ability at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and win a heroic bronze medal for her country. More accolades followed including Grand Prix victories and Grand Slam and World Masters medals as Haddad became one of the leading names in the early years of the IJF World Judo Tour.

Haddad is now a coach in her native El-Kseur where she is committed to nurturing the next generation of judoka for Algeria.