After failing to reach the final in athletics in 800 freestyle, Deborah Rodriguez closed its participation in the Tokyo Olympics. In statements to the portal Football, the athlete said that she was very happy about her participation, and that the fatigue from her career in the qualifying for the semifinals took a toll on her performance.
“I dropped everything and got a little tired. I did my best, I’m super happy about it. I am privileged at heart to be able to be here living an Olympic semifinal in Tokyo, it is a dream for me. It is one of the goals that I had set for myself with my coach and we did it, and we are very happy”, He indicated.
Rodríguez added that he knew that the semifinal would be very tough, competing against the Cuban Rose Mary Almanza, which set the record in the last Diamond League in 800 meters, and the American Raevyn rogers, a medalist in the last World Athletics Championships. “We knew it was going to be a very tough semifinal, but I said: ‘I’m going to die trying, bye, I have nothing to lose.’ So I went and dropped everything. Perhaps physically I did not feel as expected because I prepared myself in the best way. I left everything in the competition to go to the semifinals and I was a little tired, but I am very grateful and happy to be here and, above all, to live this dream”, He commented.
The Uruguayan confessed that she dreamed of getting into a final, and congratulated her opponents, although she has already set her sights on the next Olympic Games in Paris 2024. “I am brave and stubborn and I was left wanting more, I was left with that tickle. These are my third Olympics. and there are many people who have had four or five. There are not four years left for the next one, there are three left and I will be more regal, beautiful and strong than ever, I hope that these Games will strengthen me a lot for those who come”Said Rodríguez.
After getting into the semifinals, he achieved something that no Uruguayan athlete had achieved in the Olympic Games and he felt that he was removed “a huge weight off my shoulders”. He thanked all those who sent him love and strength and his work team, and he also had a wish for the future of national sport: “We hope that more and more people will support Uruguayan athletes, whatever their participation.”