Judoka Sanne van Dijke has been sentenced to the battle for Olympic bronze in the category up to 70 kilograms.

The Brabant lost in the semifinals to the Austrian Michaela Polleres.

Noël van 't End can only take bronze in Tokyo after his defeat in the quarterfinals.

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The 26-year-old Van Dijke lost on waza-ari to Polleres, who took the initiative from the start of the match and put the Dutch on her side after two and a half minutes.

In the battle for bronze, she will face Germany's Giovanna Scoccimarro later in the day.

Van Dijke could have become the third Dutch female judoka to reach an Olympic final.

Only Edith Bosch (2004, silver) and Deborah Gravenstijn (2008, silver) have done so before.

Earlier in the day, Van Dijke was in the quarterfinals in a nerve-wracking duel after a golden score on ippon the superior of the Italian Alice Bellandi.

She dealt with Gulnoza Matniyazova in the second round, whom she put on her back within two minutes.

Van Dijke is the reigning European champion and won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Budapest in June.

She makes her debut in Tokyo at an Olympic Games.

Just before the Games, she was preferred by the selection committee of the judo association to Kim Polling, who unsuccessfully contested the decision.

Van 't End loses on penalties in quarterfinals

Van 't End did not make it in the quarterfinals against the Turk Mihael Zgank.

He was given three penalties in the golden score for passivity, which meant that the victory went to his opponent.

He has to win two matches to seize the bronze.

Van 't End defeated Frenchman Axel Clerget in the golden score on waza-ari in the eighth finals.

He was too strong in the second round for Paolo Persoglia from San Marino, whom he had on his back after 36 seconds.

Two years ago, Van 't End became world champion in Tokyo.

Like the Games, the World Cup was held in the Budokan judo temple.

For Van 't End these are his second Games.

Five years ago, he immediately lost his first match in Rio de Janeiro.

The Dutch judo team is still waiting for the first medal at these Games.

Tornike Tsjakadoea and Juul Franssen were close to a medal, but they lost in the battle for bronze in the category up to 60 kilograms and up to 63 kilograms.

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