PARALYMPIC GAMES – French flag-bearer Sandrine Martinet lost in the final of the judo tournament under 48 kg (category B2) and had to settle for the silver medal this Friday, August 27 at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which brings the total of French podiums to seven.

Paralympic champion in 2016, but in the top category of under 52 kg, she was beaten on ippon in the golden score by Azerbaijani Shahana Hajiyeva, 21.

🚨🇫🇷 VICE-PARALYMPIC CHAMPION! It will have been played at the golden score … Our flag-bearer Sandrine Martinet lost in the final. She left all the same with a beautiful silver medal in -48kg after her Paralympic title in Rio in 2016 💪 # AllezLesBleus | # Tokyo2020pic.twitter.com / Qmjx8KVYVS

This is the fourth medal in five Paralympic Games for the visually impaired 38-year-old judoka, the third in silver.

In the legendary hall of the Nippon Budokan, which had been so successful for the Olympic delegation, which returned with a record of medals (8), Sandrine Martinet had inherited a difficult table.

After knocking out the reigning Paralympic champion of the category, China’s Liqing Li in the quarter-finals, she knocked out the Ukrainian Yuliia Ivanytska, bronze medalist in Rio and London, in the semifinals.

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