The French judokate, standard bearer in Tokyo, lost in the final, which deprives her of the gold she dreamed of to end her career. Cruel.

Inconsolable for a while, no doubt. French flag bearer Sandrine Martinet lost in the final of the under 48 kg judo tournament (category B2) and had to settle for the silver medal on Friday at the Paralympic Games of Tokyo, bringing the total of French podiums to seven. This is the fourth medal in five Paralympic Games for the visually impaired 38-year-old judoka, but also the third in silver, which inevitably left her with an unfinished taste, she the Paralympic champion in 2016, but in the top category of under 52 kg. On Friday, she was beaten over ippon in the golden score by 21-year-old Azerbaijani Shahana Hajiyeva.

A frustrating defeat, especially since the French had achieved the small feat of equalizing five seconds from the end, she who had been led almost everything the fight due to a waza-ari which occurred after only 29 seconds of combat. But without ever letting go, Martinet was able to surprise the young Azerbaijani and it was then possible to think that she had done the hardest by snatching the golden score, where her experience, theoretically, would have could tell the difference. But after 40 seconds, Hajiyeva surprised her again with a second waza-ari, synonymous with ippon and the end of the golden dream for her. “It sucks to lose that when I managed to come back to five seconds from the end”, she then analyzed at the microphone of France Televisions. “I want to keep her upright to continue and finally it’s me who finds myself on the back. This sucks, I’m sorry. It’s like in Athens and Beijing, this silver medal, for the moment, I cannot savor it. Now all I can see is I lost the gold. I am very very disappointed it is a stupid mistake that is preventing me from bringing the gold back. “

In the legendary hall of the Nippon Budokan, which had so succeeded in returning to the Olympic delegation with a record of medals (8), Sandrine Martinet had inherited a difficult table. After eliminating the reigning Paralympic champion in the category, China’s Liqing Li, from the start of the quarter-finals, she then outscored Ukraine’s Yuliia Ivanytska, mà © bronze in Rio and London. TO?? each time on ippon, a sign of his great form. Alas, perhaps caught up a little by the pressure of her last fight, she who now wants to devote herself to her family, she did not know how to make the pass of three. A silver medal which however does not detract from his formidable career.

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