Israel's Shlesinger disappoints in judo

The 20-year-old judoka struggled throughout both her encounters against two very good opponents.

August 13, 2008 00:27
Israel's Shlesinger disappoints in judo

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Not much was expected from Alice Shlesinger at the Beijing Games, but her two losses in two fights on Tuesday were still disappointing. The 20-year-old judoka, who received a first round bye in the under-63 kilogram competition, struggled throughout both her encounters against two very good opponents. In the second round, Shlesinger faced the two-time defending European Champion Lucie Decosse of France and lost by the slightest of margins after a tight fight. After the Frenchwoman advanced into the semis, Shlesinger got a second chance in the repechage, but was dominated by Urska Zolnir, the bronze medalist from the Athens Games, and an Ippon by the Slovenian ended the Israeli's Olympics. "Despite losing I saw that I'm not that far off these girls, who are former world and European champions," Shlesinger said. "This gives me motivation to improve and to eventually beat them." She also spoke of how much she learnt from her experience in China. "I had certain expectations from the Games, but in the end I saw that it's just the same as any other big competition."

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