BILLINGE’S Chris Sherrington (left) went out of the judo competition to eventual silver medalist and current European champion, Alexander Mikhaylin.
The 28-year-old man-mountain, Britain’s first men’s judo heavyweight competitor for decades, had impressed on Friday with a powerful display, beating Australian Jake Andrewartha.
However, his next competitor, the hugely experience Mikhaylin, proved a step too far and in an agonisingly close encounter he went out to a sudden death score.
Royal Marine Chris, who stands 6ft 4in and weighs in at 21st, only took up the sport eight years ago and played both rugby league and union during his youth.
He is now based near Edinburgh where he lives with his wife.