'Bad boy' McKenzie crashes out of judo competition at first hurdle to No 2 seed
09:40 GMT, 28 July 2012
Britain's Ashley McKenzie suffered an early exit from the men's under-60kg extra-lightweight competition when he was beaten by Japan's Hiroaki Hiraoka, the No 2 seed, at ExCeL.
The 23-year-old – who was the subject of a no-holds-barred TV documentary, 'The Bad Boy Olympian', which charted his battle to win selection for Team GB – started brightly, but the experience of the world silver medallist soon told.
McKenzie fell further behind with passivity penalties mid-way through the five-minute contest, which left an uphill battle to continue his Olympic dream, which was ended with 50 seconds left by an ippon score.
Crash: Great Britain's Ashley McKenzie (right) is thrown by Japan's Hiroaki Hiraoka
Dartford's Kelly Edwards will also face a tough challenge, having been given a bye into the second round against Japan's top seed Tomoko Fukumi in the women's under-48kg.