Bermoy opens the
Coya, Special correspondent
RICARDO LÓPEZ HEVIA, ENVIADO ESPECIAL)
LONDON.— Cuba’s first medal in the
London Summer Olympics, just like four years ago in
Beijing 2008, was once again won by Yanet Bermoy,
the slight judoka from Cienfuegos. Another silver,
although this time in a different weight division
(52 kg), in which she only ceded to North Korea’s An
Kum Ae, also a runner-up in China.
Yanet Bermoy once again won
medal, this time in the 52kg division.
The judoka from Cienfuegos showed
off her excellent form, re-conquering
the number two spot she won in Beijing 2008.
"I’m here to dispute the title," she
had said just days before the competition and with
this conviction approached the tatami at the ExCel
Center where she eliminated rivals one after another,
second-ranked Bundmaa Munkhbaatar from Mongolia;
Luxembourg’s Marie Muller by wazari; and also via
this route, her last victim, Belgian Ilse Heylen,
who won the bronze in Athens 2004.
An Kum Ae, a 32-year-old veteran,
was also unstoppable, overcoming the world co-champion
from Japan, Misato Nakamura; France’s Priscilla
Gneto and Italian Rosalba Forciniti, who went on to
win the bronze medal. Unstoppable… until the finals,
when the two co-champions came face to face in a
duel that was finally settled in overtime, during
which An surprising Yanet with a leg sweep.
Thus Bermoy was left with the silver
and lamented not winning the title she has longed
for, "I had prepared myself for this, I could have
kept going, but the Korean was very hard. Very
difficult. I wanted to beat her with strategy, since
I’ve never thrown her. When I competed against her
in Germany this year (the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf),
I won by two shido and I think I needed to give a
little more. I shouldn’t have left myself open," she
said after the fight.
She did acknowledge feeling proud to
be Cuba’s first medalist and of winning a medal in
London, "since it was a challenge I took on, and in
the end, I accomplished it."
Thus, she didn’t cry on the podium
this time, but smiled broadly, an indisputable
reflection of the maturity she has developed as an
athlete, fully aware that at the elite level,
sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Winning an
Olympic medal is a formidable accomplishment, a
tremendous win, which all of Cuba is now enjoying.
Thanks to her.