EUAN’S JUDO HOPES GONE
EUAN BURTON admitted he was “gutted” for his supporters after crashing out of the Judo, but says he did everything possible for a medal.
The Brit, 33, had once been ranked as high as fourth in the under81kg weight division, but last year struggled to make an impact at either the European or World Championships.
The Edinburgh fighter was still one of Team GB’s leading candidates to end a 12-year wait for an Olympic medal of any colour. However, despite the boost of expected second-round opponent Elnur Mammadli – the reigning European champion who won Olympic gold at under-73kg in Beijing – losing his opening bout to Canadian Antoine Valois-Fortier, Burton soon went the same way. Valois-Fortier again produced the goods when it mattered, this time with an ippon throw to end Burton’s Olympic dream before it had really begun.
Burton, though, insisted he was fully prepared for the challenge he faced at a packed North Arena 2, full of expectant supporters – including the Scotsman’s family and friends.
“If I had come off the mat thinking, ‘You know what, these last couple of years I had not pushed myself as hard as I possibly could’, then I probably