07/24/2021 7:55 AM
Updated 07/24/2021 7:55 AM
He doesn't have a medal around his neck, but he doesn't need one either.
Paula Pareto is a legend of Argentine sports and this is how she was recognized this Saturday by the Argentine delegation that was waiting for her at the Olympic Village after not being able to access a medal in the judo test up to 48 kilos.
The athletes who were in their rooms gathered at the entrance of the building to make a corridor for the Peque and receive her with applause in what was her last Olympic participation.
# Tokio2020 This is how the Argentine delegation received Little Pareto in the Olympic Village!
Great example of person and athlete! # EquipoARG🇦🇷 # ArgentinaEnTokio2020 @gerardowerthein @paupareto @lauramartinel pic.twitter.com/LfhSaGhAAd
- ARG Olympic Committee (@PrensaCOA) July 24, 2021
And so they received it.
LEGEND @paupareto 🇦🇷❤️ pic.twitter.com/ItSSMckdth
- diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) July 24, 2021
Argentina had had an excellent start in this Olympic edition.
In the first instance, he had eliminated the South African Geronay Whitebooi with an ippon when barely two minutes of combat had passed.
In the round of 16, meanwhile, she faced the Slovenian Marusa Stangar, twelfth in the world ranking (the Peque is sixth) and again prevailed with authority, in just one minute and 36 seconds, by ippon by accumulating two waza ari ( this is putting the opponent on his back, although in this case without the necessary conditions of strength, speed and precision sufficient to grant an ippon and win the fight immediately).
In the quarters it was the turn to face local Funa Tonaki, who despite receiving a shido (sanction) in the first seconds, ended up imposing her power and performed an ippon to win the duel and leave her without the chance to repeat her medal of gold in these Olympics.
The Portuguese Catarina Costa, finally, won a close match for Waza-Ari in the repechage and deprived her of the fight for the bronze medal.
Thank you @paupareto for showing us the way to all athletes, and to all Argentines as well.
That not only with your results but with humility, work, education, sacrifice and all possible values you can remain in the history of sport.
Thank you 🥋🇦🇷❤️
- Facundo Bagnis (@facubagnis) July 24, 2021
"I think sadness is part of so many joys. A divine girl I fought against deserves to do very well too", were the first words of an emotional Pareto in TyC Sports.
"The truth is that I did not see myself competing in these Games. But I was faithful to my principles of giving it my all. Now several medical visits await me on my return. I am convinced that I left everything. Nobody likes to lose, we will analyze it in cold and we will see that it is not so bad. An Olympic diploma is not to despise. Objectively, it is good. Subjectively, the tear will come out, "he deepened.
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