The most titled Ukrainian Kharlan leaves the Games in Tokyo and addresses the fans
Ukrainian fencer Olha Kharlan lost in the 1/16 finals of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. On Instagram, frustrated, she summed up her performance.
Ukrainian Olha Kharlan lost in her first bout at the 2020 Olympics. The fencer lost to the Chinese fencer, Yang Hengyu, with a score of 12:15. After a sensational defeat, the Ukrainian stopped performing at the Games in Tokyo.
"Did I disappoint myself? Yes. Do I feel weak? Yes. Is anyone to blame but me? No. We're the masters of our own destiny and life. Today I couldn't cope with emotions. Sometimes emotions control us. Today it was like this. A year and a half without competitive practice probably affected me. What happened today is hard to call fencing. It happens. It's a pity that today is this day," Kharlan wrote on Instagram.
The Ukrainian also stated that she now wanted to take a break from fencing.
"Now I really want to relax morally, and live life without a sword. I want to wake up and not think how many days are left before the Olympics. I'm tired. I've never been so open on social media. I just understand that there will be many questions. So, maybe, with my little revelation, there will be less of them," Olha Kharlan's message reads.
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Olha Kharlan won 4 Olympic medals (1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze) during her career, is a six-time world champion and eight-time European champion. She is the most titled Ukrainian athlete.
At the 2020 Olympics, the national team of Ukraine was awarded by judoka Daria Bilodid in the category up to 48 kg and fencer Ihor Reizlin in the swordsman competition. With two bronze medals, our Olympic team ranks 32nd in the overall medal standings.