Clarisse Agbegnenou Earns Ninth World Medal with Bronze at Abu Dhabi Championships

Published on May 21, 2024 at 4:44 p.m. – updated on May 21, 2024 at 5:53 p.m. Aurélie Sacchelli

In search of a seventh world title in the -63kg category this Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, Clarisse Agbegnenou finally settled for the bronze medal, after winning her two repechage fights.

Clarisse Agbegnenou has already won six gold medals in world championships and two silver medals during her career. She had never won a bronze medal before. This has been done since Tuesday. The -63kg Olympic champion came to Abu Dhabi to win a seventh world title, but she will have to settle for third place. Eliminated in the quarter-finals by the Canadian Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, world No. 1 (then eliminated in the semi-finals by the Dutch Joanne van Lieshout), Clarisse Agbegnenou (9th in the world) regained her senses to win her two repechage fights. She first dominated the Croatian Iva Oberan (21st in the world) thanks to two waza-ari, then beat the Slovenian Andrea Leski (7th) thanks to an accumulation of penalties.

Ninth world medal for Agbegnenou

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, I did it. I am not very happy with my result, but I was very happy with my physical state today, reacted the judokate on the microphone of The Channel L’Equipe. This bodes well. I was sharp, I just need to sort out a few things so as not to lose stupidly and let a final pass. I’m angry with myself, but it’s good, it’s what’s needed. I’m going to save this rage for two months. This medal is valuable, it is a world medal. For years I have been on the podium at the world championships, always there. » At 31, Clarisse Agbegnenou has indeed won her ninth world championship medal, eleven years after the first (silver in Rio in 2013), proof of her longevity. After his elimination in the quarter-finals during the European Championships last November, this relative “failure” at the World Championships can however raise questions just over two months before the Olympic Games in Paris. But there is no doubt that this inner “rage” will motivate the native of Rennes to win Olympic gold in Paris.

2024-05-22 01:05:08
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