Last 16 finish for Alice Schlesinger

Great Britain’s Alice Schlesinger suffered defeat in the last 16 to end a disappointing day for TeamGB on Day 4 of the judo at Rio 2016.

Schlesinger, a veteran of the Beijing and London Games where she represented Israel, was competing in her first Olympics representing the country of her mother’s birth.

Schlesinger jumped onto the mat for her first round content against 23 year old Jiyun Bak of South Korea. In a close contest the judoka where inseparable after three minutes with no scores or penalties registered by either player. However, that all changed when Schlesinger successfully reversed an attack to throw Bak for the decisive ippon to progress to the next round.

In the round of 16 Schlesinger faced the experienced Anicka Van Emden of the Netherlands. The Briton was ranked only one place behind Van Emden going into the contest, had beaten in the Dutch judoka in their last encounter at the 2015 Jeju Grand Prix. Moments into the contest Schlesinger was ruled to have stepped out and conceded a shido giving Van Emden the upper hand. In a fierce contest Schlesinger then went on the attack and started to put pressure on her Dutch opponent.

The Briton looked to have scored a yuko to take the lead but the decision was reversed, leaving Schlesinger only 34 seconds to turn the tie around. Van Emden used all of her experience to see out Schlesinger’s final attacks in the dying seconds to eliminate Schlesinger from the -63kg competition.

Sally Conway (-70kg) will be on the mat on Wednesday 10 August with judo starting from 2pm UK time. Live blog coverage on the British Judo website will start from 12pm and all contests will be streamed live via the BBC website.