Oates misses out

Oates fails in quest for GB's first judo medal since 2000

Last Updated: 29/07/12 5:22pm

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Oates: Lost in the repechage

Oates: Lost in the repechage

Britain's Colin Oates missed out on the chance to fight for Olympic judo bronze when he was beaten in the repechage of the men's under-66kgs at ExCeL.

The roof almost came off North Arena 2 as Oates was introduced to the crowd ahead of his fight against Jun-Ho Cho of Korea, with hopes raised of a first British Olympic judo medal since 2000.

Both fighters soon collected passivity penalties, with Oates picking up another midway through the contest to put him behind.

Cho, world bronze medalist in 2011, then scored another Yuko to leave the Team GB fighter with an uphill battle as his gallant Olympic bid ended.

Oates had made it through to the quarter-final stage where he was beaten by Georgian Lashas Shavdatuashvili, who went on to win the gold medal.

Norfolk judoka Oates overcame Australian Ivo Dos Santos in his opening bout.

The 29-year-old then produced a big upset to knock out world number three Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar, the Mongolian bronze medallist from Athens 2004, as the partisan home crowd at North Arena 2 in ExCeL went crazy.

However, Oates - who finished a career-best fifth at the 2011 World Championships - could not then get past upcoming Georgian Shavdatuashvili, as the 20-year-old edged a tense quarter-final with a holdown in golden score.

Britain's Colin Oates missed out on the chance to fight for Olympic judo bronze when he was beaten by Jun-Ho Cho of Korea in the repechage of the men's under-66kgs at ExCeL.

The roof almost came off North Arena 2 as Oates was introduced to the crowd, with hopes raised of a first British Olympic judo medal since 2000.

Both fighters soon collected passivity penalties, with Oates picking up another midway through the contest to put him behind.

Cho, world bronze medalist in 2011, then scored another Yuko to leave the Team GB fighter with an uphill battle as his gallant Olympic bid ended.

Oates had made it through to the quarter-final stage where he was beaten by Georgian Lashas Shavdatuashvili, who went on to win the gold medal.

Norfolk judoka Oates overcame Australian Ivo Dos Santos in his opening bout.

The 29-year-old then produced a big upset to knock out world number three Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar, the Mongolian bronze medallist from Athens 2004, as the partisan home crowd at North Arena 2 in ExCeL went crazy.

However, Oates - who finished a career-best fifth at the 2011 World Championships - could not then get past upcoming Georgian Shavdatuashvili, as the 20-year-old edged a tense quarter-final with a holdown in golden score.

Shavdatuashvili won his gold with a narrow win over Hungarian Miklos Ungvari.

Shavdatuashvili, the 20-year-old who only just qualified for the Olympics, landed an early Yuko score to take command and held off all Ungvari's attacks to close out victory.

Japan's Masashi Ebinuma - who earlier was involved in a controversial decision by the IJF Referees Commission to overturn his quarter-final flags defeat to Cho Jun-ho of South Korea - took bronze after beating Poland's Pawel Zagrodnik with an ippon.

Women

Meanwhile North Korea's An Kum Ae won claimed a sudden-death victory over Cuban Yanet Bermoy Acosta in the women's under-52kgs final.

There was little to chose between both fighters as the contest was settled in golden score, when An, the 2008 Olympic silver medallist, landed a Yuko with a leg sweep.

France's Priscilla Gneto came through the repechage to claim bronze after beating Belgian Ilse Heylen, as did defeated semi-finalist Italian Rosalba Forciniti, awarded victory by judges' flag decision over Marie Muller of Luxembourg.

The shock of the day came early in the competition.

Beijing 2008 bronze medallist and reigning world champion Misato Nakamura had been given a bye to the second round, but was sent crashing out by An as Japan's disappointing start to the Olympics continued.

An also defeated Britain's Sophie Cox in the opening round.

Rochdale-born Cox, who returned to the sport having retired following the Athens Games, said: "I have found over the last couple of years if I can get through my first fight, then I can go on to do well, so this one was make or break.

"I did not worry beforehand she was an Olympic silver medallist, I just went out there to fight my own fight.

"But I just could not get it right and it was a tough draw. I felt fit and strong, it just did not happen."

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