Welcome back to the illustrious 50th Grand Slam in Paris, where the best judokas in the world compete for glory.
On the second day of the prestigious event, in front of the packed AccorHotels Arena, there was a splendid show before the start of the finals and there were epic fights throughout the day with the participation of VIPs, including UFC world champion Islam Makhachev.
IJF President Marius Vizer presented the 8th dan diploma to Florian Velici, expert of the International Judo Federation.
At -63kg, adoring fans finally got the moment they were waiting for: French legend Clarisse Agbegnenou was on the scene and determined to win in her hometown! A change of direction gave her the waza-ari in gold score and made this her seventh Paris Grand Slam gold medal! What a result! The fans went crazy for Agbegnenou!
IJF President Marius VIZER awarded the medals.
“I’m really happy,” Agbegnenou said. “I am really proud and would like to thank all my supporters. They were really cool. Sometimes when I felt it was tough, I could feel the audience and I didn’t want to disappoint them. I needed to show them that I was here today. Thank you, thank you very much and if you are there in Paris I will need you.”
In the -73kg, ISHIHARA TATSUKI scored gold in his first ever outing on the World Judo Tour, scoring waza-ari with a driving ashi-guruma in the final against Giorgi CHIKHLADZE of Georgia.
The medals were awarded by Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia Otabek UMAROV.
At -70KG Miriam BUTKEREIT stunned the grateful and competent French public with a well-executed counterattack on the advancing home favorite Marie Eve GAHIE.
World Combat Games President Stephan FOX awarded the medals.
At -81KG world number one Matthias CASSE produced a timely hiza-guruma deep in the gold score to stand on the top step of the podium in Paris once again following victory in 2020.
Center for Fundamental Rights – Hungary, Director General Miklos SZANTHO awarded the medals.
“There is always a beautiful atmosphere in Paris,” Casse said. “So many people so close to the mat, it’s an honor for us to fight here and a great atmosphere.”
The French team were in top form today: ippon all day for the home nation which drove the crowd crazy!
What a day of judo! Join us again tomorrow in Paris for the heavyweights.