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RIO OLYMPICS: Oates suffers early exit after controversial decision

EARLY EXIT: Colin Oates Picture: Gary Donnison
EARLY EXIT: Colin Oates Picture: Gary Donnison

Commonwealth Games judo champion Colin Oates heartbreakingly went out in the first round of the men’s under-66kg event this afternoon after a controversial penalty was awarded against him.

The round of 32 contest in the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro pitted the 33-year-old North Lopham-raised world number 15 against France’s Kilian Le Blocuh, ranked 24th in the world.

A cagey affair saw neither able to land a score, but Oates, who was bidding to better his run to the quarter-finals in London 2012 to secure a medal, led on fouls (2-1) until a late penalty went against him in the closing seconds.

The shido for passivity sent the contest into golden score — whereby the first to score in extended time wins.

Oates, who had admitted to the Express ahead of flying out that it was likely to be his last Olympics, was seen shaking his head in disbelief after he got up from a grapple only to see the official award a shido for a false attack, to hand Le Blouch the victory.

After the contest Oates’ Kumo Judo Club training partner, Jonathan Drane, who is set to compete in Paralympic Games next month, tweeted how proud he was after all the hard work he had put in.

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