Judoka star Or Sasson lost to Teddy Riner of France Friday evening in the quarter-finals in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Sasson will now battle for the bronze medal.
Sasson's day began with controversy, with Egyptian opponent Islam El Shehaby refusing to shake his hand after being defeated with an ippon, judo's version of a knockout, 1:36 minutes to the end of the first round bout.
Sasson then beat Poland's Maciej Sarnacki with ease, setting up a quarterfinal match-up with world No. 3 Roy Meyer of the Netherlands.
The Israeli trailed after being penalized by the referee, but he moved ahead with an impressive waza-ari with 1:01 minutes to go.
Sasson entered the day with high expectations. Israel's first three participants in the judo events all lost in their opening bouts.
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