Israeli Judoka Loses Chance for Bronze Over Penalty at Rio

Israeli judoka Linda Bolder lost the chance to win a bronze by losing to a Spanish competitor in the first of two consolation matches, following her loss in the quarter finals to Britain's Linda Conway.

Israeli judoka Linda Bolder shown defeating a South Korean rival to qualify for the quarter finals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2016.
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Israeli judoka Linda Bolder lost the chance for a bronze medal by losing in the consolation round to a Spanish competitor, over a penalty call at the Rio Olympics.

Bolder, competing in the 70 kilogram category, had earlier lost a quarterfinal match to Britain's Linda Conway, who won the match by an ippon.

Earlier Bolder had qualified for the quarterfinal by defeating South Korean Kim Seong-yeon, besting her in a wazari. She also bested Yolanda Bukasa Mabika of the refugee Olympic team with an ippon.

The Dutch-born Bolder has been playing for Israel since 2015.

On Tuesday, judoka Yarden Gerbi defeated Japan's Miku Tashiro winning Israel's first medal in Rio, and the country's first in eight years after Israel won no medals in the 2012 London Olympics.

"The medal is for all of Israel, for everyone who supported me and cheered me on," said Gerbi after her victory. "I'm waiting for someone to wake me up. I gave my soul and it paid off. Whoever said you can't succeed in Israel, is wrong."

President Reuven Rivlin spoke with Gerbi following her victory, saying that "all the people here in Israel are excited together with you. We all held our breath and prayed for your success but at the end of the day the one who did it was you, you are simply our champion. Well done. Today you are our heroine."

Gerbi defeated China's Yang Junxia before defeating Tashiro. Earlier Tuesday, Gerbi lost to Brazil's Mariana Silva. During this fight Gerbi bled and required medical attention.

Her match against the Brazilian also stirred condemnation and controversy as the Israeli Judo Federation accused the referee of siding with Silva in an overtime call that could have won Gerbi the match.

In other Olympic events, Israeli swimmer Yaakov Tomarkin has made it to the semifinals for the 200 meter backstroke, after placing 16 in the latest round of competition.