The bout of Wojdan Shaherkani may have been brief, but just by being there the teenager has won by becoming the first female Saudi judo competitor.
Shaherkani, 16, who along with 800 metres runner Sarah Attar, are the first women to represent Saudi Arabia, had to overcome intense criticism from within.
Conservative clerics in Saudi Arabia forbid women from taking part in competitive sports and debate has been fierce.
Jordanian news website Albawaba reported a Twitter hashtag had even been set up describing the pair as "prostitutes of the Olympics".
Shaherkani lasted just 82 seconds in her first-round match with Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica before she was thrown to the mat with a side throw, but she was unbowed about her presence at the event.
"I am proud to be the first Saudi woman and I'm very thankful for all the audience and all the crowd who supported me and stood behind me," she said.
"I hope to be at the next Olympics. I will practice more."
She almost didn't get to compete. There was a stand-off with the International Judo Federation (IJF) which forbids veils to be worn.
After negotiations, the IJF backed down and allowed Shaherkani to compete in her hijab.
The president of the Saudi Arabian Judo Federation, Hani Kamal, welcomed the decision.
"The hijab should not be a barrier to participating in sport," he said, hailing today's milestone.
"This is the start of a long-lasting history of looking towards the future."
Kamal, who is also a heart specialist, says sport is very important for men and women and hopes this will win over those countrymen who are opposed to female competitive athletes.
"At first, we will negotiate with them and then analyse and just go forward gradually," he said.
"It is normal for women to enter sport. It is important that there is a base and we will go forward gradually."