Mission accomplished: "My goal is to come back with a medal," Clarisse Agbégnénou told 20 Minutes before competing in the World Judo Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday in the -63 kg category. The 30-year-old Frenchwoman won gold, beating Slovenia's Andreja Leski in the final. This is his sixth world title, the first since the birth of his daughter Athena, less than a year ago, on June 15, 2022.
Double Olympic champion in Tokyo in 2021, Agbégnénou further enriches her palmares, the most beautiful of French women's judo, and confirms her return to the highest level before her ultimate goal: the 2024 Games in Paris.
A turbulent recovery
Her post-maternity recovery had been turbulent, however, with a knee injury during her first competition with her club Red Star de Champigny at the end of November, then especially a fight with the French Judo Federation. In February, for his return to the France team during the Tel Aviv Grand Slam, Agbégnénou was deprived of his coach referent in Blue, Ludovic Delacotte.
She had chosen to fight with a kimono from her personal sponsor and not with that of the "Fédé", which had therefore sanctioned her. She was then beaten in the quarterfinals and then in the repechage.
This episode is now behind her, and Agbégnénou can now calmly prepare for the Olympics at home. With Athena always by his side, of course.
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