Colin Oates’ dreams of judo glory are snuffed out in the first round

Great Britain's Colin Oates (left) during his Men's 66kg bout against France's Killian le Blouch at

Great Britain's Colin Oates (left) during his Men's 66kg bout against France's Killian le Blouch at the Carioca Arena 2 on the second day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norfolk's Colin Oates saw his medal hopes snuffed out in his very first match of the Olympic judo competition yesterday.

Great Britain's Colin Oates (right) during his Men's 66kg bout against France's Killian le Blouch at

Great Britain's Colin Oates (right) during his Men's 66kg bout against France's Killian le Blouch at the Carioca Arena 2 on the second day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The Commonwealth Games champion from North Lopham exited the under-66kg judo competition in the first round against France's Kilian le Blouch.

Neither man scored an attacking point, sending the bout to golden point, in which the first to score wins.

However, Oates, 33, committed a third shido, or foul, leaving le Blouch to progress.

It was a big anti-climax for the Norfolk man, who had made progress in the 2012 competition in London before having to settle for seven place.


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Fellow Brit Ashley McKenzie exited the judo competition on Saturday, beaten by world champion Yeldos Smetov.

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