Tokyo, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Far from casting shadows, Cuban Idalys Ortiz illuminated her figure today in the Olympic tatami of Tokyo 2020, winning a silver medal that ratifies her among the best judo fighters in history.
I am very happy with my performance. Many people thought it was impossible to win another medal, but I always believed in myself,” said a smiling Ortiz, while her upright pose showed the pride of a sports legend. A few minutes after losing in the final of the over 78 kilograms division against Japan’s Akira Sone, the Caribbean woman described the result as a ‘feat’, because ‘I suffered from Covid-19‘ and ‘I could barely train for two and a half months’.
In spite of the adverse context, she affirmed that she always had a clear goal: ‘to win a medal, and I did it’, although ‘it was not an easy task because at this level all the competitors have a lot of quality’.
Ortiz’s confidence is not casual, few athletes can exhibit a resume like hers, with bronze medals in Beijing 2008, gold in London 2012, silver in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and now this new reward, after so many ‘years of effort and training’.
Likewise, he stressed that he fought in search of allowing Cuban judo to finish with some award, something it achieves in appointments under the five rings since Montreal 1976, with the exceptions of Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988, when the Antillean nation did not participate.
In one of the halls of the Nippon Budōkan, a space that hosted Olympic judo -for the first time- in Tokyo 1964, Ortiz also confirmed that he is not one of those athletes who get drunk with success quickly.
Undoubtedly, the script of his career is far from fitting those situations, because he is able to adapt to the times and leave behind the nectar of past victories in order to achieve other conquests.
Are you saying goodbye here? She answered: ‘Nobody knows that’, so perhaps the double world queen will be patient, wait calmly, pack her bags and travel to Paris 2024, in order to maximize her footprint in the Olympic context.
(Taken from PL)