The queen of judo, the Cuban Idalys Ortiz, added a new silver medal at the Tokyo Games this Friday after a close fight against the Japanese Sone Akira, to add four medals in her history within the summer jousts.
The winner of the bronze medals in Beijing 2008, gold in London 2012 and silver in Rio de Janeiro 2016 returned to the podium of the house of martial arts, Nippon Budokan, in second position after committing three fouls that the disqualified in favor of their opponent.
The Cuban judoka fought with poise in her fourth Olympic Games in the heavy weight +78 kg category, defeating her rivals from Portugal and China, but was fouled by Japan’s Sone Akira in a close fight that lasted 26 intense minutes.
The Japanese rival, world champion in 2019, was proclaimed the winner of the day in her Olympic debut, although she did not manage to immobilize or knock the Cuban down on the tatami and the fight lasted until the number of fouls decided who won the medal. of gold.
Of Sone Akira, 21 years old and ten years younger than the Cuban, Ortiz recently affirmed that “it has been emerging very well, it has conditions and perspectives.”