France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou Wins Seventh Gold at Judo Paris Grand Slam 2024

With less than six months ahead of the Olympics, France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou has sent a stern warning to opponents after she dominated to win a record seventh title at the Judo Paris Grand Slam in front of her home crown. Photo: Le Coq Sportif on Instagram

France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou is fighting for the title of Judo Queen after she once again asserted herself as a champion of the sport, when she took her seventh gold medal in the women’s 63 kg weight category, at the Judo Paris Grand Slam 2024, in Paris, France, from 2-4 February, 2024. 

The Tokyo 2020 gold medallist was made to sweat by her opponents, and battled hard for top spot in front of her home crowd. The six-time world champion had two close fights on the second day of the tournament. 

By winning in the final against Katarina Kristo of Croatia and enduring penalties, Agbegnenou reached the rank of the most titled judo athlete in the competition and made her mark in Paris, less than six months ahead of the Olympic Games.

She did well in her first fight against Agatha Schmidt. In the second round, she faced former world champion, Japan’s Megumi Horikawa in an epic 12-minute battle (4+8 golden points) in her preliminaries. 

Her semi-final bout against Joanne Van Lieshout of the Netherlands was also decided on golden points. 

After facing Cubaine Maylin Del Toro Carvajal in the quarter-finals, the Dutch Joanne van Lieshout pushed Tricolore through the golden score for nearly four minutes. But “Gnougnou” stood firm and after two minutes in the golden score, she imposed her will to win the title.

Britain’s Lucy Renshall, who won the Portugal Grand Prix a week ago, finished third in Paris after defeating Van Lieshout in the bronze medal bout with a golden score. The other bronze medal went to Mongolia’s Gankhaich Bold.


Photo Caption: With less than six months ahead of the Olympics, France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou has sent a stern warning to opponents after she dominated to win a record seventh title at the Judo Paris Grand Slam in front of her home crown. Photo: Le Coq Sportif on Instagram

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