France claim first mixed team judo title with convincing victory over Japan – .

France claim first mixed team judo title with convincing victory over Japan – .

France won the first mixed team judo title at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with an impressive performance to beat Japan.

They won by four fights to one to seal the most successful judo competition in French history.

They were inspired by Teddy Riner, who had only become the second judoka to win three gold medals at successive Games.

He had beaten -100 kilograms gold medalist Aron Wolf by waza-ari and uchi-mata.

“This gold medal is a very important honor,” said Riner.

“To win here in the land of judo is just amazing. It’s just a big, big day. I have no words, it’s an amazing day. “

It was Clarisse Agbegnenou who started the race for victory in the -70kg with an ippon victory over her compatriot Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Chizuru Arai.

This earned him an unprecedented second gold medal in judo at the same Games.

“It’s amazing and thanks to the team I got a second gold medal,” said Agbegnenou.

“I’m flying, but I can’t believe it. I’ll have to check if I really won. “

Another victory followed for Axel Clerget who returned with a heavily bandaged head to beat Shoichiro Mukai also by ippon in the men’s -90 kg.

He paid tribute to Riner’s contribution by cheering on the team.

Frenchwoman Clarisse Agbegnenou, pictured in blue, was among the French judokas to win the mixed team event © Getty Images

“I don’t think you know the real Teddy Riner,” Clerget said.

“Unlike the World Championships, we are all at the same level, we share the same apartment in the Olympic Village. We are very close.

“Teddy was a real power for us, a real boost. We don’t see Teddy as a legend but as a teammate. “

Japan recorded just one victory when individual gold medalist Akira Sone defeated bronze medalist Romane Dicko by ippon in the women’s + 70kg.

Individual silver medalist Sarah Leonie Cysique took gold for France with her victory over Tsukasa Yoshida in the -57 kg category.

She held on to win by waza-ari uchi-mata, sparking celebrations as the France team spilled onto the mat.

“This victory is going to be very important,” said Cysique.

“They were at home. We won against Japan in Japan. They beat us several times but we took our chance today. They will certainly want revenge in 2024 but we will be ready too. “

Japan’s individual gold medalist Aron Wolf confirmed: “I’m not happy but with our team we were able to compete.

“I had won the individual event and the team was working hard to win, so I feel a sense of accomplishment.

“I’m not really satisfied and I would like to take up the challenge and take revenge in Paris. “

Bronze went to Germany and Israel for whom it was a first Olympic medal in a team event.


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