Tough draw gets the better of judo Brit Cox who loses out to Beijing silver winner Kum
13:50 GMT, 29 July 2012
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Great Britain Judo fighter Sophie Cox bowed out of the women’s under-52kg when she lost her opening bout to Ae An Kum of North Korea.
Rochdale-born Cox, who returned to the sport having retired following the Athens Games, battled well during the opening stages.
However, she was caught by a Yuko score with one minute and 45 seconds left by the 2008 Olympic silver medallist, which proved enough for victory.
Up against it: Sophie Cox (left) competes against Kum Ae An
Just like on Saturday, Cox felt the draw had not been kind to Team GB.
She said: 'I have found over the last couple of years if I can get through my first fight, then I can go on to do well, so this one was make or break.
'I did not worry beforehand she was an Olympic silver medallist, I just went out there to fight my own fight.
'But I just could not get it right and it was a tough draw. I felt fit and strong, it just did not happen today.'
Beaten: Cox was caught by a Yuko score
Cox turns 30 in December, but has not written off hopes of fighting at another Olympics in Rio.
She said: 'I might be 29, but I still
feel 25 in judo terms, but I will take a couple of months to take a
look at things and see how British Judo want to go, but I will keep all
There were a handful of empty seats at the ExCeL, which is hosting half-a-dozen Olympic events.
However, the atmosphere was still electric when Cox walked out.
'It did give me a really good buzz, even when I came off, they were still cheering, and that is amazing,' she said.