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Fans were left stunned after the coach of Martyna Trajdos gave the judo star an unusual fire-up on the sidelines at the Tokyo Olympics.
Trajdos was competing in the Round of 32 of the women's 63kg category against Hungarian opponent Szofi Ozbas.
However, the judo match got off to a wild start before Trajdos entered the mat,.
The German marched out, but stopped short of her opponent.
She turned to her coach Claudia Pusa who dropped his bag.
Pusa proceeded to shake Trafjos, in an apparent attempt to kick-start her adrenaline, before slapping her on the left and right cheek.
There was plenty of shocked reactions to the coach's method before the match.
Trajdos defends Olympic routine and coach
However, Trajdos jumped to his defence and said this was their usual routine.
She quickly shut down any talk that the routine was out-of-order and even joked after her loss that the fire-up was 'not hard enough'.
"Look’s like this was not hard enough," she said on Instagram, accompanied with a smiley face.
"I wish I could have made a different headline today.
"As I already said that’s the ritual which I chose pre competition.
"My coach is just doing what I want him to do to fire me up."
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