Ireland's Ben Fletcher has been beaten by Mukhammadkarim Khurramov of Uzbekistan in his round of 32 100kg fight.
Losing to a second minute Waza-ari, Fletcher bows out of a tournament that he looked unlikely to be able to compete in at one stage, having suffered a broken leg in competition which required surgery back in February.
The fight in Tokyo was Fletcher's first since February.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport afterwards, Fletcher reflected on losing that point early on.
"It's a brutal sport, he started really strong and I conceded that point. There are fine margins in this game, I was able to put a bit of pressure on towards the end, but such is life."
After that leg break in February, Fletcher admitted in an emotional response that "it was touch and go" whether he would make these Games.
"I got here and I'm proud to be here."
The 29-year-old, who was born in Reading but whose mother hails from Bruff, Co Limerick, followed on in the footsteps of his sister Megan who represented Ireland in judo on Wednesday.
After competing for Team GB at Rio 2016, Ben was delighted at getting the opportunity to continue his Olympic experience with Ireland.
"It gave me a lifetime to comeback. Given the circumstances I was gald of that. It's hard to think about the performance at the moment. They got me into good shape. I'm hugely, hugely proud to have represented Ireland. They have been so good to me. I couldn't have better support."