Tokyo Olympics: German judo athlete Martyna Trajdos defends her coach after he shook and punched her
German judo athlete Martyna Trajdos defends her coach after he violently shook and punched her before her Olympic fight in Tokyo… because she insists she needs the pre-match ritual to feel ‘awake’
German judo athlete Martyna Trajdos has defended her coach for violently shaking and punching her before her Olympic fight in Tokyo.
Trajdos took on Hungarian Szofi Ozbas on Tuesday in the round of 32 for the women’s 63kg category.
As she walked to the mat, Trajdos stopped and turned to face her coach, Claudiu Pusa. He then grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her from side to side before slapping her left and right cheeks fiercely.
German judo athlete Martyna Trajdos has defended her coach for violently shaking her before her Olympic fight in Tokyo
The coach slapped the athlete on each cheek before moving on to the mat for her fight
The German then nodded and moved on to the mat for her fight.
The 32-year-old, who was European champion in 2015 and a world bronze medalist two years ago, was beaten by Ozbas – who claimed victory with Waza-Ari.
The result eliminated Trajdos from the competition, but the video of her pre-match ritual was picked up by cameras, leading some to worry about her well-being.
The 32-year-old was eliminated in the round of 32 after being defeated by Hungarian Szofi Ozbas
But Trajdos took to Instagram to defend her coach and insisted that he only do what she asked of him.
Alongside a video of the ritual, she wrote: ‘Looks like this wasn’t hard enough!
“I wish I could have gotten another cup today.
“Like I said, that’s the ritual I chose for the match!
“My coach just does what I want him to do to wake me up!”
She also posted on her Instagram story: ‘Don’t worry guys! That’s the ritual I chose for combat. My coach just does what I want him to do to wake me up!
Trajdos explained in two Instagram stories that she had asked her coach to perform the ritual
“This is what I asked my coach, so don’t blame him. I need this before I fight to wake up.’
Ozbas advanced to the round of 16, but was then defeated by Italy’s Maria Centracchio, who won bronze.
French athlete Clarisse Agbegnenou took the gold medal, while Slovenia’s Tina Trstenjak took silver.