Oates loses out in last 32 in Prais Grand Slam

PARIS DISAPPOINTMENT: Colin Oates went out in the third round of the Paris Grand Slam

PARIS DISAPPOINTMENT: Colin Oates went out in the third round of the Paris Grand Slam

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North Lopham-raised GB judo star Colin Oates bowed out in the third round at the Grand Slam in Paris at the weekend.

The son of Kumo Judo Club owner Howard Oates, lost a tight match on penalties against Sergio Oleinic who went on to take a fifth place.

But a disappointing defeat in the last 32 elimination stage still carried 60 Olympic ranking points, taking Oates closer to Rio.

The previous week saw the Kumo Judo Club player, now based in Scotland, take a team gold in the German National League where he won all four contests.

At Breckland Leisure Centre in Thetford Loius Eaton-Cole won all three contests to take a gold with Charlie Morris and Conner Sturman taking bronze in the Eastern Area middle grade event.

The sport of judo has been adopted as a core sport for the Commonwealth Games and will feature at the Games in 2022, it being too late for inclusion in Australia in 2018.

Oates should next be in action in Abu Dhabi later this month in another Grand Slam event.