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Olympic Games 2021 – Judo: Clarisse Agbegnenou qualifies without a hitch in the semi-finals

Olympic Games 2021 – Judo: Clarisse Agbegnenou qualifies without a hitch in the semi-finals

The Olympic gold goal continues for Clarisse Agbegnenou. The flag bearer of the France team made the logic of the Nippon Budokan respect for his entry into the competition. She qualified for the semi-finals of the Olympic Games on Tuesday, July 27, defeating the Dutch Juul Franssen thanks to a waza-ari. The judoka will be opposed in the next round to the Canadian Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard.

From the start of the fight, the Frenchwoman attacked her opponent, taking the lead to control her fate. The Dutch did not fight, powerless against the domination of Agbegnenou. The latter first pushed the 11th in the world to the penalty before inflicting a waza-ari to score the only point of the match and open the doors of the last four.

An expeditious first round

A little earlier, in the round of 16 of the 63 kg category, the five-time world champion had defeated the Cape Verdean Sandrine Billiet after only nineteen seconds of fighting thanks to a devastating ippon.

Determined, concentrated, with black eyes already turned to her ultimate dream of Olympic gold, Clarisse Agbegnenou showed her teeth at the start of the fight. La Rennaise took Sandrine Billiet, 56th in the world ranking, by the kimono to send her to the ground without wasting time. There is no doubt that the Olympic vice-champion in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 sent a strong signal to her competitors.

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