Oates in judo medal contention
July 29, 2012 14:05 pm
Britain's Colin Oates still has an opportunity to fight for Olympic judo bronze this afternoon after making it to the last eight of the men's under-66kgs, where he was beaten by Georgian Lashas Shavdatuashvili.
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 Shavdatuashvili, as the upcoming 20-year-old edged a tense quarter-final with a hold-down in golden score.
Oates' Olympic dream goes on, though, as the defeated quarter-finalists now go into the repechage, where they can still have a shot at getting through to the bronze-medal match.
The Briton will meet Jun-Ho Cho of Korea, the world number eight - who suffered a hugely controversial quarter-final defeat on judges' flags after initially having been given victory against Japan's Masashi Ebinuma.
There was, though, no breakthrough for Rochdale fighter Sophie Cox, who lost her opening bout to Ae An Kum of North Korea, the 2008 Olympic silver medallist.
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