Meyer, who is active as a sidekick in the Tokyo Today program during the Games, lost the Olympic ticket in the class over 100 kilograms to Grol this year after a fierce battle.
The rivalry between the two heavyweights was sometimes fierce, both on and off the tatami. “We’ve known a lot of tensions,” Meyer admits.
Despite the failed Olympic qualifying process (“Henk simply performed the best in his latest results”), Meyer gnawed at it today. “Since I woke up, I’ve been in a kind of shock all the time. This was the day I had the chance.”
Alarm clock not set
Grol’s performance lasted exactly 25 seconds. Meyer says he didn’t even set his alarm clock for it, expecting Grol to make it far into the tournament.
“It’s all very double. We may never have been really friends, but you should never forget that he has an incredibly beautiful sports career and that he has meant a lot to the judo world.”
Watch Roy Meyer’s lost battle with Henk Grol and his reaction below:
Meyer about failed Olympic performance Grol: ‘What if I had been standing there?’
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