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Zambian judoka grabs possible upset of the Olympics (video)

20th Commonwealth Games - Day 1: Judo

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 24: James Millar of Scotland competes against Mathews Punza of Zambia in the Men’s - 66kg Bronze medal match at SECC Precinct during day one of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 24, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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There’s been an incredible upset in Rio, one that may not be topped, as world No. 112 Mathews Punza upset a man more than 100 places ahead of him in the rankings.

The Zambian pinned Israel’s Golan Pollack for an ippon in a 66kg preliminary-round judo match.


Less than two minutes into it, might we add.

The video is one of those simultaneous thrill/agony scenes, as Punza strives to maintain as even a keel as possible while Pollack comes to terms with what just happened to his medal hopes.

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