Oates in a shock loss in Croatia

SHOCK SETBACK: Colin Oates who suffered a surprise loss

SHOCK SETBACK: Colin Oates who suffered a surprise loss

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Colin Oates missed out on Olympic qualification points after suffering an early exit and shock defeat to Gevorg Khachatrayan at the Croation Grand Prix.

The North Lopham- based ace, who was ranked number two seed, set up an early lead and seemed to be on his way to victory but was thrown twice in the latter stages of he contest.

It was Oates’ first contest in almost six months since suffering a knee injury in January. The British number will be out to secure Olympic qualification in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he defends the Grand Slam title this weekend.