The Tricolores were not varnished on Saturday as they made their return to the competition.
The French judokas on the mat. While they were making their return to competition, the French Olympic champions Teddy Riner and Clarisse Agbégnénou failed to win with their respective teams, Saturday, November 26 in Gori (Georgia), on the occasion of the 2022 edition of the Judo Champions League, a tournament gathering the best clubs of the continent.
Back five months after giving birth to her daughter Athena, the double Olympic champion Clarisse Agbégnénou reached the final of the under 70kg, with the Red Star of Champigny-sur-Marne, at the European Club Championships. But against Margaux Pinot (US Orléans), the young mother lost, with a right knee injury. After a harmless action where both fighters fell to the ground, Clarisse Agbégnénou got up hobbling. “It was a stoppage. She felt it crack a little. She froze. We have to wait for the exams,” explained Philippe Sudre, the president of the Red Star of Champigny to the sports daily L’Equipe.
Riner beaten in the quarterfinals
Teddy Riner also lost on the tatami of Gori. Although he had not fought since July 10 at the Grand Slam in Budapest because of a right ankle injury, the ten times world champion, who was defending the colors of PSG Judo, was beaten on ippon by the Georgian Guram Tushishvili in the quarterfinals of the over 90kg. The Frenchman could not help his club, defeated by the Georgian formation of Fighter. Teddy Riner leaves this Champions League without a medal since PSG failed in the race for bronze.
Find the video sequences of the competition in the program Tout le sport, this Saturday evening at 20:45 on France 3.