A beautiful silver medal, but infinite sadness.

In the final of the - 78 kg category, at the Tokyo Olympics, Madeleine Malonga lost to the Japanese Shori Hamada, on a waza-ari by immobilization.

Not the expected result for the Frenchwoman, who collapsed, in tears, at the microphone of France 2, just after the fight.

πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ˜­ "I'm really disappointed ... I wanted to win it so badly!"

Madeleine Malonga inconsolable after her defeat in the -78kg final # Tokyo2020 #Olympic

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"I'm disappointed, really, I'm disappointed," responded Malonga, inconsolable.

I might realize after that it's a great medal, but I wanted so much to win.

These are long years of work, we know it only happens once in a lifetime, so it's important to be there.


Hot, Madeleine Malonga explained her defeat by a poorly performed movement on the ground: "I think I defended well at the beginning then I moved my leg thinking I could get up, and in the end, well here it is…" The judoka has when even made an appointment for the Paris 2024 Games: "I will digest that and then leave for Paris 2024."


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