Amandine Buchard won the silver medal in judo, in the under 52 kg category.
She left Tokyo disappointed, but already full of ambitions for the next Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, "at home".
There are a lot of emotions after this medal ...
Lots of emotions because I had come for a title.
Throughout the competition, I thought a lot about my dad (Editor's note: died in 2008).
I had the opportunity to make my dream come true, but also his.
There I am a little frustrated because the fight ends on the ground, while I still had energy.
She knew how to make the difference.
I am Olympic vice-champion, I come home a medalist, but hot it's hard.
🥈🇫🇷 The emotion of the French judokate Amandine Buchard who cannot hold back her tears when receiving her medal.
She climbs on the second step of the podium after a breathtaking competition 👏 pic.twitter.com/cyDspipWnv
- France tv sport (@francetvsport) July 25, 2021
Until the final, you had a perfect day ...
I had only one goal: to be an Olympic champion and to get this final against Abe.
The faster I finished my fights, the more energy I kept for this fight because I knew it was going to be very hard.
The goal was not to drag on the carpet.
There were also a lot of emotions after the semi-final ...
Obviously, because we say to ourselves that the medal is at the end.
At that point, all the stress, all the pressure goes away.
Qualifying for the final guaranteed me a medal at the Olympics, the ones I had been waiting for for years.
There, hot I am disappointed, I will savor this medal a little later.
What did you miss in this final?
The consistency that I had at the start of the start of the match.
I would have had to keep it for the golden score as well.
Obviously, there is fatigue, stress and pressure that accumulate.
On the ground, she locked me well.
Usually, I can get out but there I was locked at the ribs, I couldn't even try to turn around.
It was the longest 20 seconds of my life, where you feel helpless and where you see your dream fly away.
But I'm going to bounce back, I've always bounced back.
Fighting Uta Abe, here in Japan, was it a big challenge?
She is a great champion whom I respect enormously.
It was the dream finale.
I passed by but there will be others.
I would have preferred to be an Olympic champion but that will be for next time.
It's a nice silver medal, whereas in 2016, you hadn't even watched the Games…
Very little, it's true, I was disgusted.
I had been preparing for these Tokyo Games for a long time.
I am still happy because I am aware of all the stages through which I have gone in my life.
I have had a lot of ups and downs, very downs, and I have always come back, whether in judo or in my personal life.
I think I will appreciate this medal, but my dream was to be an Olympic champion.
Too bad, we will try to be Olympic champion in Paris, at home!