Team GB’s Ashley McKenzie eliminated from judo competition at Rio Olympic Games
Ashley McKenzie endured a heart-breaking defeat to world champion Yeldos Smetov in the second round of the men’s judo competition at the Rio Olympic Games.
The Commonwealth champion failed to claim his first Olympic medal after the Kazakh took him down for a yuko, sealing victory by one point in the -60kg category.
With just 30 seconds remaining, McKenzie was unable to spare himself from elimination at the Games.
The 27-year-old Londoner, a former entrant in ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, had made a winning start to the tournament earlier in the first day.
McKenzie had defeated Turkey’s Bekir Ozlu in his opening bout, but could not overcome world No 4 Smetov in the next stage.
Four years ago, McKenzie had suffered an early exit at the London 2012 Games.