There was no second French gold medal in these World Judo Championships this Friday in Doha, Qatar. Two days after the coronation of Clarisse Agbégnénou in the under 63 kg category, Audrey Tcheuméo lost in the final by ippon against the young Israeli Inbar Lanir (23 years old), in the category of less than 78 kg.
It is still a nice return to the foreground for the 33-year-old Ile-de-France native, even if she could not win a second world title, 12 years after the first. The bronze medallist at the London Olympics in 2012 and silver four years later in Rio had not competed in the world competition since 2018, because she was supplanted in her category by Madeleine Malonga.
Olympic champion beaten in quarter-finals
This Friday, Tcheuméo, also four-time European champion, signed an exemplary course until this lost final, dominating without discussion the reigning Olympic champion, the Japanese Shori Hamada, in the quarters.
Her semi-final against the Dutch Guusje Steenhuis was marked by an incident (she hit her head against a billboard during the fight), ultimately without gravity.
On Saturday, it will be the turn of Teddy Riner (+100 kg) to try to get his 11th world title, which would be the first men's side for the French camp in Qatar.
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