Israeli judoka Alice Schlesinger lost her chance to win a gold medal at the London Games today when she lost in the quarterfinals of the women's -63kg competition, and finished ranked seventh after a subsequent loss in the consolation bracket.
She headed into the consolation bracket with an injured elbow, fighting a match against France's Gévrise Émane. Schlesinger lost by a yuko over a second warning in the last minute and a half before the end of overtime.
Prior to the final match, Pavel Musin, Schlesinger's coach and life partner, had told Haaretz her chances of winning did not look good. Speaking to Haaretz again once the match was over, Musin said it was a "Great fight despite the injury. The crowd was wonderful."
"It's very disappointing," Schlesinger told Haaretz, "We wanted to go [home] with a medal."
In the quarterfinal round, Urska Zolnir of Slovenia defeated Schlesinger by an ippon. The match was even until the 2:03 mark when Zolnir surprised Schlesinger with a wazari. Nearly a minute later Schlesinger tried to take the initiative, but Zolnir pinned her down with the arm lock technique known as Juji-gatame and forced her to concede the match with 1:16 remaining.
Things had looked more promising in the morning, after Schlesinger disposed of Austria's Hilde Drexler, which the Israeli managed to win by a yuko.
Elsewhere at the games, Israelis were busy in the sailing competition. Nufar Edelman moved up slightly from 35th to 29th after the third race. Windsurfer Shahar Zubari, the Beijing 2008 bronze medalist, is ranked 12th after the first men's RS:X race, 2:54 minutes behind the leader.
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