Canadian judoka Jessica Klimkait put herself back together just in time to collect her historic bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Klimkait, 24, finished third in the 57kg class, defeating Slovenia’s Katja Kajzer to secure Canada’s first medal in Judo.
It was after a disappointing semi-final loss to Sarah-Loonie Cysique of France in which uncharacteristic penalties were a big factor.
Klimkait shared some thoughts on her performance and medal on her Instagram page.
Before coming to this Olympic Games, I decided that I wanted to use it as a representation and celebration of everything I’ve put into this sport. Although bronze is not the colour I worked for, I’m still proud to have stepped on the podium. Getting this close will do nothing except motivate me even more.
Klimkait, who hails from Whitby, Ontario, won a gold medal at the 2021 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary just last month. She is also a gold and bronze medalist at the 2017 and 2018 Pan Am Games, respectively.