Worlds: Riner and Agbegnenou as leaders of the Blues

Aurélien Canot, Media365, published on Tuesday, February 07, 2023 at 10:37 p.m.

Teddy Riner, who will aim for an eleventh world title on this occasion, will be the leader of the French team at the Judo Worlds, which will take place next May in Qatar. Clarisse Agbegnenou, who will return to the tatami next week for the first time since she gave birth, is also one of the first names in this selection, which was unveiled on Tuesday by the French Judo Federation.

Teddy Riner and Clarisse Agbegnenou will lead the Blues to Qatar. The ten-time world champion, who will be aiming for an eleventh world title on this occasion, and his illustrious compatriot, who will be competing in her first major international competition since giving birth to her first child, will be the two leaders of the French team at the next World Judo Championships, which will be held from May 7 to 14 in Qatar. This Tuesday, the French Judo Federation unveiled part of the selection that will fly to Qatar in three months. Rinning is one of them. The leader of the Blues is already back at the top of his game. He proved it last weekend by winning the Grand Slam in Paris after he hadn’t won for ten years in the famous meeting at the Accor Arena, where he now has seven titles, and that the tournament marked his big comeback after his ankle injury last August. Agbegnenou, she was not part of this weekend at Bercy. On the other hand, she will find the tatamis next week during the Grand Slam of Tel Aviv this time.

Four names to expect

Provided that the young mother, who will therefore return in May to the World Championships, does not get injured. On November 26, when she was already due to resume competition for the first time since her pregnancy, with her club Red Star in the Champions League, the flag bearer of the French delegation at the last Olympic Games in Tokyo, had indeed had to postpone its recovery until later. Audrey Tcheumeo, another Tricolore crowned in Paris on Sunday, will obviously be on the trip to Qatar too, in the same way on the side of the women of Romane Dicko, who will defend her crown, Julia Tolofua, bronze medalist at the last Worlds, Amandine Buchard, Sarah-Léonie Cysique, Shirine Boukli or Marie-Eve Gahié. Among the men, Luka Mkheidze, Daikii Bouba, Alpha Djalo and Maxime-Gaël Ngayap-Hambou appear alongside Riner in this first list. Four names will be added later, and complete it.



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