The young Shirine Boukli brought the first medal to France at the European Judo Championships in Prague, winning gold in the -48kg category.
Let’s go for the European Judo Championships in Prague! Postponed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, they began this Thursday in the Czech capital, with seven French people present on the tatami mats for this first day. And already a first Marseillaise! For -48kg, Shirine Boukli (21), vice-champion of Europe and the world juniors last year, won her first senior title, after a perfect day. She beat the Belgian Anne-Sophie Jura on ippon just before the limit to start her day, then the Kosovare Distria Krasniqi on ippon in the golden score in the second round to win Pool A, before dominating the Spanish Laura Abelanda, seventh in the last Euro, on waza-ari in the semi-final.
Opposed in the final to the Serbian Andrea Stojadinov, recently crowned the European Junior Championship, she succeeded a choke hold after 40 seconds to get the gold medal! “I’m on my cloud. I will realize this in the days to come. I’m in “whaouh!” “, the. I knew my opponent in the final, she was with me in the juniors, I knew what I had to do. It was my day, it’s me who wins and no one else! “, She rejoiced at the microphone of La Chaîne L’Equipe.
Melanie Clément, who also fought in this category, had beaten the Italian Francesca Giorda on waza-ari for her entry into the running, then the German Katharina Menz on a new waza-ari, before losing in demi -final against Stojadinov on ippon. In the match for the bronze medal she lost again, against Kosovar Distria Krasniqi on ippon. She therefore ended up at the foot of the podium. The fight promises to be intense between Boukli and Clément to determine who will represent France at the Tokyo Olympics in this category, since there will be only one participant per country and per weight category.
🇫🇷 Frenchwoman Shirine Boukli crowned European champion !! # lequipeJUDO pic.twitter.com/ckIsczshUa
– L’Équipe channel (@lachainelequipe) November 19, 2020