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Shirine Boukli crowned European champion at 21 

The young Frenchwoman seized the European title on the occasion of her first international championship.

The young Frenchwoman Shirine Boukli was crowned European champion of -48 kg at the age of 21, from her first international championship, by sending by ippon the Serbian Andrea Stojadinov in the final, Thursday in Prague.

Boukli won in just forty seconds. Her lightning outbreak relaunches the race with Mélanie Clément, she at the foot of the podium Thursday, for the Olympic qualification in -48 kg for the Tokyo Games, postponed for one year to the summer of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic .

During her career, the young Frenchwoman notably defeated the world n ° 1 in the category, Kosovare Distria Krasniqi, in the quarter-finals. Mélanie Clément (28) lost in the semi-finals against Stojadinov, then again in her fight for third place, against Krasniqi, and continues to run after a first international medal. Category leader throughout the Olympiad leading to the Tokyo Games, she was often placed (7th at the 2017 Worlds and 5th at the 2019 Worlds, 5th at Euro-2018 and 2020, 7th at Euro-2019 ) but has never yet made a place on the podium in a major championship.

Two other French people will try to get a bronze medal during this first day of competition on the Czech tatami mats: Sarah-Léonie Cysique in -57 kg, and Kilian Le Blouch in -66 kg.

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