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Canadian judoka Kyle Reyes bested by 2-time Olympic medallist

Canada’s Kyle Reyes fell to an early exit in Judo’s 100kg men’s after a quick defeat to two-time Olympic medallist Henk Grol of the Netherlands.
Canada's Kyle Reyes was defeated by Henk Grol of the Netherlands in the last 32 of the Men's 100kg event at the Rio Olympics. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

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.

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."

With files from The Canadian Press

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