Tokyo 2020 - 'I just want to go home' - Ashley McKenzie bursts into tears after judo star suffers early Olympic exit
A devastated Ashley McKenzie had to be consoled after his early exit from Tokyo 2020. The judo star was knocked out of the -60kg tournament by Azerbaijani Karamat Huseynov and burst into tears after the result. "I had one fight, and it didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I just want to go home," he said.
Ashley McKenzie of Great Britain rlooks on in his match with Karamat Huseynov of Azerbaijan during the Men’s Judo 60kg Elimination Round of 32
“And I had one fight, and it didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I just want to go home.”
McKenzie came ninth at Rio 2016 and had aspirations for fighting for an unlikely medal at Tokyo 2020.
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Athletes who have been eliminated have a limited window to leave the Olympic village and McKenzie will be expected to make a swift return to the UK.
The Londoner credits Judo with saving his life, but Team GB will have further opportunities on the mat in Japan.
Gemma Howell (-70kg), Natalie Powell (-78kg) are taking part in their second Games, while Olympic newcomers Chelsie Giles (-52kg), Lucy Renshall (-63kg) and Sarah Adlington (+78kg) are all set for debuts.
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