France lost to Japan in the mixed team event at the World Judo Championships in Tashkent. The Blues therefore end the competition with five medals.
Just over a year after the Tokyo Olympics, France and Japan met in the final of the mixed team event at the World Judo Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Japan hoped to take revenge on France, which had deprived them of the supreme title at home last year, and they succeeded! Deprived of their superstars Teddy Riner and Clarisse Agbegnenou, the Blues were not unworthy, but they ended up losing 4-2 in the final, after beating Georgia 4-1 in the round of 16, China 4-0 in the quarters and Israel 4-1 in the semis. Even weakened by the withdrawals, the French team had reason to worry the Japanese in this final between the two best teams in the world, and that was indeed the case.
𝐕𝐈𝐂𝐄-𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝐃𝐔 𝐌𝐎𝐍𝐃𝐄! 🥈🇫🇷
Our French team was beaten in the final by Japan and won a very nice silver medal! ⚡️
– France Judo (@francejudo_) October 13, 2022
Thank you girls !
The final started with the -90kg and Alexis Mathieu was beaten by Goki Tajima, but in stride, the +70kg world champion Romane Dicko put ippon Wakaba Tomita in 42 seconds. Joseph Terhec (+90kg) then gave in to Hyoga Ota, but once again France equalized through one of their judokas, Sarah-Léonie Cysique (-57kg). Joan-Benjamin Gaba (-73kg) lost the fifth fight against Kenshi Harada, and everything then rested on the shoulders of Marie-Eve Gahié (-70kg), who absolutely had to beat Saki Niizoe to take this final to a decisive seventh match. But the Japanese put it ippon, and thus offered the victory to her team. Despite the defeat, it is still a fifth medal for the French delegation in these Worlds in Tashkent, after those in bronze of Amandine Buchard (-52kg), Manon Deketer (-63kg) and Julia Tolofua (+78kg), and of course the gold won by Romane Dicko (+78kg). A much better record than last year (but the Worlds took place in June, just before the Olympics, with a revamped team), where France won gold thanks to Clarisse Agbegnenou and silver in mixed teams. Next global meeting: in Doha next year.