The French Clarisse Agbegnenou does not stop chaining the titles. The queen of the −63 kg category, already four times world champion, won her fifth European champion title this Friday, November 20 in Prague, after those of 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019. La Francilienne s ‘is shown to be quick in the final, beating Austria’s Magdalena Krssakova, on ippon, after only 23 seconds of fighting. “I am very happy, I can be proud of myself,” she explains. Despite everything, the results of this championship are mixed. It took place in a bizarre atmosphere. It’s another celebration, we can’t hug each other, we just congratulate ourselves. I missed that human side. “
A competition in times of Covid-19 is unlike any other. “Before getting into the competition, there was a lot to do,” says the Frenchwoman, referring to PCR tests, “isolation in the room with meals delivered right outside the door”. “It was quite confusing, having only one piece of grass in front of the hotel to be able to air out,” she says. By dint of being locked up since Monday, I couldn’t wait to be on the tatami mats to finally get out. I went out and had a great day! “
“I wanted to see where I was”
Clarisse Agbegnenou, who was making her return to competition, prefers to avoid looking ahead and in particular the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to the summer of 2021. “I prefer to stay in my bubble, I don’t want to ‘be frustrated to relive the pain I felt when the Olympics were postponed, ”she says.
“These championships have allowed me to brush up on certain questions. I came without a goal, I wanted to see where I was, to test this different mode of competition, without supporters and with PCR tests, explains the Frenchwoman. This may be what will happen in the next competitions and maybe even at the Olympics. I had to go through there to see. “” I know there is still a lot to work on, and that’s good. I have already been more lightning, faster. I did with the weapons I had, she concludes. But without being at 100% of my means, I managed to win, that’s very good. “
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