Israeli judoka Sagi Muki on Monday lost in the men’s lightweight judo semifinals at the 2016 Olympics.
Muki, the reigning European champion in the under-73 kg weight class, was defeated by Azerbaijan’s Rustam Orujov. He can still win a bronze medal, if he wins the third-place fight. He will fight Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili for the bronze later Monday.
Muki earlier defeated American Nick Delpopolo with an ippon — the highest possible score in judo, which ends a round — in the quarterfinals.
That win came hours after his defeat of Slovenian former European champion Rok Drakšič in the round of 16.
Monday also saw Sergy Rikhter, Israel’s great Olympic hope in the men’s 10m air rifle, finish a disappointing 14th place with 623.8 points.
Richter was expected to finish in the top eight among 50 contenders and move to the next round, but failed to make the cut.
In 2012, Richter was one point away from making the championship round. He was European champion in 2013.
On Sunday, four Israeli athletes were knocked out of the Games, including judokas Golan Pollack and Gili Cohen.
Swimmer Amit Ivry finished the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09, falling short of the top 16 and missing her chance to move on to the semifinals.
A short while later, Yakov Toumarkin finished the 100-meter backstroke in 54.66 seconds, which was not enough to push him into the next round.
On Saturday, Israeli judoka Shira Rishoni was disqualified from the Olympic Games in Rio on a technical foul during her first battle.
Israeli judo team members Or Sasson, Yarden Gerbi, and Linda Bolder are still in the running.