Rio 2016: Israeli judoka disqualified over technical foul
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Rio 2016: Israeli judoka disqualified over technical foul

‘I still don’t understand,’ a shocked Shira Rishoni, 25, said after being eliminated from Olympic Games

Israel's Shira Rishoni (blue) competes with Ukraine's Maryna Cherniak  during their women's -48kg judo match in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (AFP/Jack Guez)
Israel's Shira Rishoni (blue) competes with Ukraine's Maryna Cherniak during their women's -48kg judo match in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (AFP/Jack Guez)

Israeli Judoka Shira Rishoni was disqualified from the Olympic Games in Rio on a technical foul during her first battle on Saturday.

Rishoni, 25, touched the leg of her Ukrainian opponent Marina Cherniak with her elbow, the referees said.

A referee decided to remove her from the tournament, and she will not compete in any remaining Judo tournaments in the Olympics.

Rishoni competes in the women’s under 48 kg. weight bracket. This was her first Olympics.

“I still don’t understand why I was disqualified,” a shocked Rishoni told Channel 10 on Saturday

Gymnast Alex Shtilov, tennis player Dudi Sela, and swimmers Gal Nevo and Amit Ivry were also competing on Saturday, as was cyclist Shani Bloch.

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