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Romane Dicko, the triumphant youth of French judo 

At 21, the Habs won a second European title, in Prague, in the +78 kg category.

French judoka Romane Dicko was crowned European champion in +78 kg for the second time, at age 21, beating Azerbaijani Iryna Kindzerska by ippon in less than two minutes in the final on Saturday in Prague. Dicko won the European title for the first time in 2018. Returning to competition last November after being deprived of it for a year and a half by a double injury to a shoulder and a knee, the young judoka continues her rapid comeback. world hierarchy, eight months before the Tokyo Games postponed to the summer of 2021. She thus ends 2020 with a clear round, as disturbed as the year has been, after her victories at the Tel Aviv Grand Prix in January and at the Grand Slam of Paris in February.

In four fights on Saturday, Dicko offered himself two members of the world top 10, the Turkish Kayra Sayit, beaten by waza-ari, and the Bosnian Larisa Ceric, defeated on penalties, and one of the top 5 (Kindzerska). She started her day as she finished it, with a victory by ippon.

A fifth gold medal for the French delegation

Dicko brings to the French delegation its fifth gold medal in the European competition, the eighth overall. These five continental titles were all conquered by the French women’s team, which therefore only allowed two of the seven categories to escape: Shirine Boukli won in -48 kg on Thursday, Clarisse Agbegnenou in -63 kg and Margaux Pinot in -70 kg on Friday, and Madeleine Malonga in -78 kg a little earlier.

Never, in a comparable format, the Blues had won so much European gold. In total, seven of the nine French fighters leave the Czech capital with a medal around the stroke, with the bronze obtained by Sarah-Léonie Cysique (-57 kg) and Marie-Eve Gahié (-70 kg). On the men’s side, in the absence of Teddy Riner, only Kilian Le Blouch, bronze in -66 kg, saves him the honor. None of the other seven blue judokas has won more than two fights on the Prague tatami mats.

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