Cruel money for Sarah-Léonie Cysique, disqualified in the final

French judo continues its harvest in Tokyo with a third silver medal for Sarah-Léonie Cysique. But the Frenchwoman had a hard time with her disqualification in the final.

From our special correspondent in Tokyo

Three weeks ago, Sarah-Léonie Cysique celebrated her 23e birthday. Without knowing very well what to expect in Tokyo, where she was preparing to experience her first Olympic Games. An always intimidating experience. Except for this young woman with two sides: calm and discreet in life, bubbling and energetic on a tatami mat. Thus, the judokate turned this discovery into a virtual triumph, with only one setback in the final against Kosovar Nora Gjakova. The latter had achieved the feat in the semifinals of dismissing the Japanese Tsukasa Yoshida.

For the first time, therefore, since the start of the competition in the majestic Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, an Olympic final would take place without a local representative. The opportunity was too good to seize for Sarah-Léonie Cysique. Especially since the first penalty fell for the Kosovar, hampered by the style of the French. Gold seemed a little more within reach of the Frenchwoman

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