A tenth medal for France. The French judokate Madeleine Malonga, beaten in the final by the Japanese Shori Hamada, obtained the silver medal in the category of – 78 kg Thursday July 29, during the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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This defeat in the final is a small disappointment for the world number 1 in her category and world champion in 2019. She was dominated over ippon by immobilization by Hamada, her main rival, whom she had beaten in the 2019 world final. 2nd in the world rankings, the Japanese added an Olympic title to her world title in 2018.
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For Malonga, the year 2021 will have been frustrating with two silver medals at the worlds and then at the Olympics, two events where she was aiming for gold. Before her duel against Hamada, Malonga had dominated in the semifinals the South Korean Hyunji Yoon, disqualified for having received three penalties, two for leaving the mat and one for catching the pants.
Fifth medal for French judo
The Frenchwoman started her tournament with a controlled fight against the Austrian Bernadette Graf, beaten by ippon after just over a minute. Her quarter-final, on the other hand, was complicated against Cuban Kaliema Antomarchi, whom she had previously beaten three times in three fights. Malonga quickly scored a waza-ari, but the Cuban equalized and pushed her to a tense overtime. The 2019 world champion was finally imposed by ippon after just over a minute in extra time.
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The Malonga medal is the fifth for French judo, after the gold of Clarisse Agbegnenou, the silver of Sarah-Léonie Cysique and Amandine Buchard and the bronze of Luka Mkheidze.