Judoka Alice Schlesinger curses luck after shido defeat
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Judoka Alice Schlesinger curses luck after shido defeat

09 August 2016 / 15:27

Team GB judoka Alice Schlesinger was left cursing her luck after a narrow defeat in the last 16 stage of the -63kg.

The 28-year old was awarded a yuko for a single point mid-way through a cagey contest with the Netherlands’ Anicka Van Emden.

But the referee quickly reversed his decision, leaving the Walsall judoka on the back foot as she aimed to recover from a shido penalty point in the first 15 seconds.

The Brit had won her opening bout against South Korea’s Bak Jiyun in impressive style, scoring a match-ending ippon for a harai-goshi throw which sent gasps through the arena and left her opponent breathless on the mat.

But Van Emden – a world bronze medallist in 2011 and 2013 – used all her experience to ward off the Brit’s attacks and book her spot in the quarter finals.

“She was quite defensive but I knew it would be a fight like that,” said Schlesinger.

“I thought it was going to be decided by shidos and she just got the first one.

“I knew it was going to be a really hard fight but I’d prepared for it. Some days it’s like this, some days it goes the other way.

“I thought it was my score but once they wiped it off, I knew I had to get up a score.

“I felt really good through the day but it’s just one of those things.

“It’s been brilliant being part of Team GB though. I’m really happy I had a chance to have an Olympics with this team and honestly it’s just been wonderful.”

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