The Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday experienced one of the most embarrassing episodes since its inception. The Japanese boxer Ryomei tanaka advanced to the semifinals in the flyweight category after being declared the 4-1 winner of his fight against the Colombian Yuberjen Herney Martínez Rivas, despite having received a brutal beating that left him momentarily in a wheelchair.
Such was the punishment that the South American gave him that he forced him to withdraw like that, bloodied, from the ring of the Kokugikan Arena, although victorious, at least for the judges who saw him win the fight in a ruling that sparked angry outcry the Colombian team and accredited journalists from that country.
While Tanaka secured the bronze medal, Martínez leaves Tokyo 2020 empty-handed after winning silver five years ago in Rio.
This is how Tanaka was withdrawn after being declared the winner, in a more than disputed ruling.
The “Tremendous” was superior in the first round, taking him 4-1 after sending Tanaka to the canvas. But the local fighter reacted to dominate both in the second (3-2) and the third round (5-0).
The anger of the Colombian
“I felt like the winner, I hit the best shots, I don’t know what the judges are seeing“said the Colombian, who threw himself to the canvas after hearing the judges’ ruling.
“I was lagging a bit in the last round, but I felt like the winner in all three,” insisted Martinez, 29. “There are many years of preparation and for the judges to see things that are not is quite painful. I don’t feel like a loser. ”
Tanaka will face the Filipino in the semifinals this Thursday Carlo Paalam, who defeated Olympic and world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan 4-0 in a lawsuit stopped in the second round by a wound to the European’s eyelid, caused by a header.
“I don’t know what the judges are seeing,” complained Colombian Martinez.
Tanaka was not the only boxing representative of the host country of these Olympic Games “benefited” with an embarrassing ruling.
The same situation that was repeated in a match of the female feather category in which Sena Irie was declared the winner by a categorical 5-0 against the Filipina Nesthy Petecio, who, outraged by the result, could not hold back the tears.