Canadian judoka Kyle Reyes bested by 2-time Olympic medallist
By Kevin McAnena, CBC Sports
Canada's Kyle Reyes made an early exit in the 100kg men's judo event on Thursday, suffering a quick defeat at the hands of two-time Olympic medallist Henk Grol of the Netherlands.
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The Dutch judoka brought much more experience to the mat than the 22-year old Torontonian, previously winning bronze at the 2012 and 2008 Olympics.
Grol applied a yuko – a technique that involves holding down an opponent for at least 10 seconds -- and then scored a match-clinching ippon at the 2:44 mark.
Reyes, a former world junior champion who lives and trains in Japan, was making his Olympic debut. The 22-year-old said he was hoping to test a new move that he had been practicing in Japan with some success.
"I was going to try it in these Olympics but [he was] too strong and I couldn't do the move," he said. "I think I need to put on more strength."
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With files from The Canadian Press