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Why French judo is bright, silvery, and (a little) frustrated


STORY - Coming to win the title for her first Games, Madeleine Malonga had to settle for money. The metal of three of the five medals in judo.

The office of French tears.

This could be the new nickname of the majestic Budokan, located in the heart of Tokyo.

Tears of joy, like those of Clarisse Agbégnénou, Olympic champion on Wednesday.

But also sadness, frustration, for those who, come to look for gold, only leave with money.

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A beautiful metal, but which leaves a little taste of bitterness in the mouths of ambitious French competitors.

And this even if French judo, with 5 medals on the clock - and perhaps 7 if Teddy Riner and Romane Dicko on the track at 4 am on Friday get on the podium - radiates and carries the nation since the start of the Games.

Collective well-being is one thing, the individual another.

This was understood by Larbi Benboudaoud, the coach of the women's sector who, when he was still a judoka, had also tasted Olympic silver in Sydney in 2000. “

Of course there is satisfaction for our discipline.

We take what there is to take, but it is

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Source: lefigaro

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