Jose Mourinho jumps off the bench to celebrate Jorge Fonseca winning Portugal’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics, while the Roma manager overjoyed his compatriot’s judo bronze
Jose Mourinho got into the spirit of the Olympics when he celebrated judoka Jorge Fonseca who won Portugal’s first medal at the Tokyo Games.
The Roma manager and his coaching staff watched as Fonseca took the bronze by beating Canadian Shadi Al-Nahhas in the under 100kg class.
Mourinho and his assistant Joao Sacramento both posted an Instagram music video celebrating the decisive throw as they followed the action on television.
Jose Mourinho (left) and his coaching staff celebrate Portugal’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics, while Jorge Fonseca took bronze in the under 100kg judo division
Fonseca beats Canadian Shadi Al-Nahhas to win bronze at Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo
It means that Portugal is on the medal list on the sixth day of the Olympics.
Fonseca, a two-time world champion, had lost his semifinal to Korean Gu-ham Cho before winning the bronze medal play-off.
“I worked my way up to gold and bronze. It didn’t go as well as I wanted, but now I’m working on winning the gold in Paris [in the 2024 Olympics],’ said Fonseca afterwards.
“I keep working because I want to be the best.”
Fonseca, the reigning world champion, gets to grips with his opponents on his way to bronze
Fonseca secured his victory in the closing moments of a tense fight at the Tokyo Olympics
The 28-year-old admitted he was disappointed to get away with just the bronze medal
Fonseca, 28, has a remarkable backstory after beating lymphatic cancer to compete at the highest level. In 2015, doctors found a malignant tumor on his left leg after a knee injury.
He won gold at the 2019 and 2021 World Championships before adding Olympic bronze.
Mourinho and his coaching team, meanwhile, are preparing for the start of the new season after taking over as Roma manager earlier this summer.
Roma kick off their Serie A campaign with a home game against Fiorentina on August 22. They will also compete in the new UEFA Europa Conference League after finishing seventh last season.
Mourinho prepares for the new season with Roma taking charge as manager