Israeli judoka Arik Ze'evi knocked out of match, ending his Olympic bid
Ze'evi signaled his concession after 43 seconds, leaving the Israeli TV announcers, as well as, spectators, and fans in shock.
Judoka Arik Ze'evi was knocked out of the 100kg competition in just 43 seconds. He was facing Dimitri Peters of Germany in the elimination round of 32.
Peters caught Ze'evi, one of Israel's few medal hopes, by surprise and had him in a lock with his legs from which Ze'evi could not release himself. Ze'evi signaled his concession after 43 seconds, leaving the Israeli TV announcers, as well as, spectators and fans in shock.
Ze'evi, 35, is one of Israel’s Olympic greats and without a doubt one of its most loved. He had tremendous achievements over the past decade in the under-100kg category – world runner-up in 2001, European champion in 2001, 2003 and 2004 and European silvers in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Twice injuries nearly drove him to retirement and twice he made comebacks. This year he amazed everyone by winning the European Championship.
He won bronze at the 2004 Athens Games and holds the Israeli record for participation in four Olympic Games together with Sailor Yoel Sela and rifle shooter Guy Starik hold.