More than five hundred judokas and judokates competed on Saturday for the various medals at stake during the national tournament reserved for the junior category. Few of the local athletes stood out. Marina Le Mézec, from the Épron club, eliminated in the second round of the repechage table, ranks seventh in the under 52 kg category.
A somewhat disappointing performance, which should nevertheless be put into perspective. “When arriving at the juniors, explains the young Calvadosienne, I went from the 44 kg category to the 52 kg category. The difference is great. And the level present at Cormelles was very high. “
Le Mézec: “I hope to compete in the French championships”
Out of breath, her features drawn, Marina Le Mézec was a little bitter. “Coming out of the fight, I’m pretty disappointed. I let myself be taken on. There was also a little fatigue. “ With five fights in the day, including two that ended in the golden score, the Pronnaise had to draw on his reserves.
The disappointment quickly passed, Marina Le Mézec projects: “I hope to compete in the French championships. And even if I train a little less, three times a week, because of my nursing studies, I remain very motivated and ambitious for the future ”.
Why not take the example of Alexandre Iddir, present Saturday at the Sports Hall. The latter became Olympic team judo champion in Tokyo. “A magnificent gold medal even if, judo being above all an individual sport, I would like to win a medal in my category of under 100 kg. Maybe in Paris in three years. I will do anything to be there. “
Advising the young shoots of his club, Flam 91, the quadruple champion of France admitted to feeling a little “Nostalgia”. “I remember those Category A tournaments, the relentless travel and fighting. In fact, it feels good to be here. “ They were more than five hundred to approve.