Malloy Eliminated in Rio
San Jose judoka Marti Malloy suffered a shocking loss in her first fight on Monday at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Malloy, who took bronze in London, was the top ranked judoka coming from the United States and the third seed in the Olympic tournament. Most expected her to contend for a medal in Rio, but her loss to Lien Chen-Ling of Taipei in the round of 16 extinguished those aspirations.
She lost the match by "shido", which in the judo world is synonymous with ‘tiebreaker’. Malloy was penalized twice in the match, contributing to her loss.
Malloy tearfully said she did not expect the loss and was confused by the penalties.
“I am kind of confused, because we were even in the number of attacks,” Malloy said. “I felt really focused before I went out I had a lot of energy and gas in the tank.”
Malloy is well-known outside of the judo world, having sparred with MMA superstar and former judoka Ronda Rousey when she was young. According to Rousey, Malloy had been able to get the best of at least one of those matches.
Original Story via SFGate