Alejandra Benítez was one victory away from her fifth Olympic Games

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After 23 years of career, Alejandra Benítez said goodbye to the world's pedanas this weekend at the San José Pre-Olympic.

The 40-year-old Creole did everything in her power to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and thus extend her record to five consecutive Olympics. However, it fell short.

Located in poul 2, Benitéz added six victories to advance to the knockout bracket, knocking out:   

Domenica Canizares (ECU), Kreestle Fraats (GUA), Eilen Sarten (PAN), Yolanda Muñoz (CHI), Jessica Morales (COL) and Vilmarie Acosta (PUR).

In the tie she won 15-12 against Brazilian Kristina Trois and in the semifinals she defeated Mexican Julieta Toledo 15-13.

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One more victory would have written his name on the Venezuelan delegation that will leave for Tokyo. But he could never decipher the strategy of Argentina's María Belén Pérez and fell 15-6.

His Olympic dream faded and retirement became inescapable.

"It's my last competition after a 23-year career," Benítez said on an Instagram Live.

“I fought to the end. I know it is not easy to say goodbye like this, but I am proud of what I did in fencing, because there were four Olympic Games, podiums in World Cups, Pan-American, Central American ... many events inside and outside Venezuela, always proudly carrying the flag from my country, "he added.

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