The French judo federation can calmly prepare for the women’s qualifications for the Tokyo Olympics at less than 70 kilos. The French judokate Margaux Pinot (26) retained European gold in the category, Friday in Prague, dispatching the final in less than ten minutes by defeating the Dutch Sanne Van Dijke.
Reigning world champion in the category and competing with Pinot in the race for Olympic qualification for the Tokyo Games, postponed to summer 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Marie-Eve Gahié (23) got a bronze medal. A beautiful harvest.
Already three gold medals for France
Surprised in the semifinals by Van Dijke, Gahié was able to remain mobilized to bring down the German Miriam Butkereit in her match for a third place. Gahié, world number 1 in -70 kg, and Pinot, world number 2, thus write a new episode of their mano a mano, after the 2019 European Championships, won by the second, then the 2019 Worlds, dominated by the first and where Pinot was on the third step of the podium.
After two of the three days of competition, the French delegation now has three gold medals, with, in addition to Pinot, those of the young shoot Shirine Boukli (-48 kg) and the safe bet Clarisse Agbegnenou (-63 kg), more three bronze medals, obtained by Gahié, as well as Sarah-Léonie Cysique (-57 kg) and Kilian Le Blouch (-66 kg) the day before.
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