Portuguese Anri Egutidze was eliminated from the judo tournament of the Olympic Games after losing to Austrian Shamil Borchashvili in the second round of the -81 kg category.
With direct access to the 16th of the final, Egutidze, 19th in the ‘ranking’ who won the bronze medal at the World Championships in June, ended up not being able to overcome his opponent, 22nd in the hierarchy, and lost in extra time (Golden score) with Borchashvili scoring with a waza-ari.
“I have this frustration, because I want more. Even if I passed this fight and lost the second, I wouldn’t accept it either. I worked, so I wanted more. If I did everything right, why not a medal? I can’t accept defeat, after having worked so hard, having fallen so many times and having gotten up. It costs a lot,” he said at the end of the fight.
Despite the frustration, Egutidze, 25, already points to the Paris Games: «I think this pain will stay until Paris. It’s a pain different from other competitions. Now it’s all about giving it all away for the 2024 Olympic Games and for all other competitions.”