Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul finishes Olympics run in 7th place amid political controversy

Butbul was the No. 6 seed in the tournament and made it to the quarterfinals of the 73-kilogram category before losing to South Korea’s An Chang-rim. Butbul made it all the way to the Round of 16 in Pool D thanks to competitors either dropping out of the Olympics or no-showing.

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“These are things that sometimes occur in judo, so it wasn’t that odd for me,” Butbul said Monday through a translator. “I just had to wait, stay focused and wait for my first chance.”

Victor Sterpu of Moldova, top, and Tohar Butbul of Israel compete during their men's -73kg round of 16 judo match at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Victor Sterpu of Moldova, top, and Tohar Butbul of Israel compete during their men’s -73kg round of 16 judo match at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

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