Madeleine Malonga, reigning world champion, qualified for the final of the European Championships in the -78kg category. Romane Dicko will compete in the semi-finals in the + 78kg category. On the men’s side, France will not win a medal this Saturday.
With six medals won in two days, the French team has already done as well as last year in Minsk, while there is still one day of competition left at the 2020 European Championships in Prague. And we can hope for one or two more charms this Saturday, with the heaviest categories on the menu, even in the absence of the star Teddy Riner. Reigning world champion in the -78kg category, Madeleine Malonga perfectly held her rank by qualifying for the final, after a perfect start to the day. The almost 27-year-old judokate won her first three fights on ippon : in 2’18 against the Belgian Sophie Berger, in 1’40 against the Polish Beata Pacut and in 2’53 against the Kosovar Loriana Kuka. Unlike the small weight categories, where there were more female fighters, three fights were enough for her to reach the final, where she will challenge the German Luise Malzahn, bronze medalist of the 2015 Worlds, who beat her five times out of nine. . This promises a balanced finish!
Dicko in half
In + 78kg, the young Romane Dicko (21), European champion 2018, qualified for the semi-finals. After dominating the Lithuanian Sandra Jablonskyte on ippon in 58 seconds, the native of Clamart eliminated the Turkish Kayra Sayit on waza-ari. She will challenge in the semifinals the one she beat in the final of Euro 2018, the Bosnian Larisa Ceric.
Another day without a medal for the men
Like Friday, France will not win a medal thanks to its men this Saturday. Axel Clerget, in -90kg, was eliminated in the second round on ippon at the golden score after 6’58 by the Spaniard Nikoloz Sherazadishvili, after beating the Czech David Klammert on ippon at the golden score after 5’29 for his entry into the lice. In -100kg, Cédric Olivar was eliminated in his first fight, on a waza-ari against the Croatian Marko Kumric. Alexandre Iddir beat Hungarian Zsombor Veg on waza-ari for his entry into the running, before losing to another waza-ari against Bulgarian Boris Georgiev. Kilian Le Blouch (-66kg) was therefore the only French medalist in the French delegation.