Various fortunes for the two Blues engaged in judo this Saturday.
The French Shirine Boukli, who could hope for a medal in judo, was eliminated by the Serbian Milica Nikolic in her first fight on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympic tournament, in the -48 kg category, while in the men’s category, Luka Mkheidze (- 60 kg) got off to a good start.
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Boukli, crowned European champion in November 2020, was sanctioned with three penalties, the last of which was taken in the pants, after three minutes of clash.
She fought under the eyes of the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, who arrived a few minutes earlier at Nippon Budokan, the temple of Japanese judo.
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“I don’t understand why the last penalty falls, I supposedly grab the pants while I’m at the hip, I don’t understand. I have the other hand on the belt or above, I don’t ‘don’t grab the pants. I don’t understand what happened,’ explained the young Frenchwoman (22) in the mixed zone.
“I was as usual, I don’t think I put any barriers because it was the Olympics. Precisely I made sure not to be too much of a fan of this event. approached as a ‘competitor’ like the others. That it ends so quickly, it’s special … “, she also regretted.
Boukli had obtained his place at the Olympics at the expense of the experienced Mélanie Clément thanks to his European title. At the Budapest Worlds in June, she was beaten in the quarter-finals, a result that did not allow her to be seeded in Tokyo.
The other French competitor, Luka Mkheidze (-60 kg), for his part won his first fight against the formidable Spaniard Francisco Garrigos, on waza-ari in the Golden Score.
Garrigos had dominated him in April in the final of the European Championships and has since taken the bronze medal at the Worlds in Budapest.
In the quarter-finals, Mkheidze will face Ukrainian Artem Lesiuk.