Judo: Dicko again European champion, nice end clap for the Blues

The French judo team ends the European Championships in Sofia on a high note. Fast in the final against the Israeli Raz Hershko, Romane Dicko won a beautiful gold medal this Sunday, in the +78kg category. After the bronze of Madeleine Malonga (-78kg), the native of Clamart offered an eighth medal to the Blues, who finished at the top of the medal ranking.

An expedited day

This is the third title of European champion in the career of the gifted Romane Dicko, at only 22 years old. Gold medalist in 2018 and 2020, during the two previous editions, the cousin of the athlete Teddy Tamgho was inevitably expected and responded present, spending a total of less than nine minutes on the tatami throughout her day. In the final, it only took him one minute and twenty-six seconds to inflict an ippon on his opponent.

This podium for Dicko, for the last day of the competition, completes a great week for the France team, the only nation with three titles during these championships. Once again, as at the Tokyo Olympics last year, the Blues were carried by the women, who brought back a medal in each category, with the exception of -63kg, where Manon Deketer was taken out in the second round. .

The impressive density of the Blues

For the rest, the French women brought back seven medals, including three in gold, which had the same taste of redemption. The only girl from the tricolor delegation to have returned empty-handed from the Olympics, Shirine Boukli perfectly negotiated her case on Friday to win the second title of European champion of her career, at 23, in -48kg. The next day, she was imitated by the Parisian Marie-Ève ​​Gahié, back after two complicated years which had deprived her of the Games to the detriment of Margaux Pinot, and who proved to be imperial in -70kg.

Also present in Sofia, Pinot won the bronze, just like Madeleine Malonga in -78kg, this Sunday. For Amandine Buchard (-52kg) and Sarah-Léonie Cysique (-57kg), we had to settle for money, exactly like in Japan last year. Among the men, on the other hand, in the absence of the locomotive Teddy Riner, no one was able to take up the torch. Of the nine Frenchmen entered, only Cédric Revol (-60kg) was able to pull out of the game by winning bronze. None of his compatriots even came close to the podium.



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