“The taste of money, for the moment I do not savor it”. The disappointment is immense for Sandrine Martinet. For her fifth and last Paralympic Games, the judoka from US Orléans challenged herself to win in a lower weight category than that she had played in Rio in 2016 (- 52 kg): that of – 48 kg. The 38-year-old Montreuilloise unfortunately fell stronger than she in the final Friday August 27 in Tokyo.

🥈 The silver medal for Sandrine Martinet. She lost in the final against Azerbaijani Shahana Hajiyeva on an ippon. A nice medal even if the Frenchwoman would have deserved better. Follow the Paralympic Games live ►https: //t.co/ZLXrco0M3Q pic.twitter.com/O7FUQCGmk3

Led by a waza-ari by Azerbaijani Shahana Hajiyeva after just over a minute of fighting, the Frenchwoman came back to score five seconds from the end of regulation time with a series of attacks. Only her opponent managed to surprise her in the Golden Score by scoring a new waza-ari, synonymous with victory over ippon.

While Sandrine Martinet had chosen to extend her career after her title at the Rio Games to win a second Paralympic gold medal, the French flag bearer in Tokyo must now be satisfied with the silver medal, her third after those of Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008).

🗣️ “It’s really stupid to lose on that … I’m sorry” 🥈 The big disappointment of Sandrine Martinet after her silver medal obtained in para Judo. Follow the Paralympic Games live ►https: //t.co / ZLXrco0M3Q pic.twitter.com/FPbesiEWGw

“I am very very disappointed, it’s really stupid, it is played for nothing but it is like that, saddened the Orleans judoka at the microphone of France Televisions. After I will savor this medal anyway because it is exceptional, “she admitted, in tears.

If her Paralympic career as a judoka should end at the end of these 2021 Games, Sandrine Martinet has not finished with the country of judo: “I want […] to develop my skills in sports physiotherapist and then why not train myself to be a physiotherapist for an Olympic team? I also want to use my history and my experience to educate a greater number of people “, she confided to France 3 Center-Val de Loire there a few weeks.

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