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JO: Clarisse Agbegnenou, for all the gold in the world


STORY – Already five-time world champion, she won the Olympic title on Tuesday that she so desired. The French judokate, however, has come a long way.

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“I have this gold medal, finally! It’s an incredible feeling. I said it and I did it, in Japan as well. I don’t think I realize yet. I feel light, it hurts nowhere, my nails are not broken (laughs). I’m on my cloud and I don’t think I’ll get off it for a while. The radiant happiness of Clarisse Agbegnenou illuminated the overcast skies of Tokyo on Tuesday.

Five years she waited to be able to win the Olympic title, the only one that was still missing from her extraordinary record, alongside her five world crowns and her five Europeans. In Rio, in 2016, she stumbled in the final against the Slovenian Tina Trstenjak. The same one she hugged at the end of the under 63 kg final in Tokyo, as part of the majestic Nippon Budokan, the Mecca of world judo.

The tastiest revenge for the 28-year-old judokate, who felt “Powerful and untouchable” on the Tokyo tatami. It’s necessary

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