Beaten in the final of the Worlds in Budapest, the Habs failed to retain their title.
The French Madeleine Malonga was beaten on Friday by the German Anna Maria Wagner in the final of the world championships in Budapest in the -78 kg category and therefore failed to retain her title.
Malonga, world No. 1, will be in contention this summer at the Tokyo Olympics, where she will be among the favorites for the gold medal despite her setback on Friday. His medal is the second won by the France team in Budapest, after Clarisse Agbegnenou’s gold on Wednesday in -63 kg.
She hoped to keep the red bib reserved for the reigning world champions on Friday, but she therefore failed to follow through after her 2019 title in Tokyo. She was dominated during the Golden Score by the German Wagner, world No. 3 and victorious this year in two Grand Slams, in Tel Aviv and Kazan.
A world title and two European coronations for Malonga
Friday, the Frenchwoman, who also has two European coronations to her list (2018 and 2020), began with a first fight against the Croatian Karla Prodan, finally beaten on waza-ari.
She was then expeditious in the quarterfinals against the Ukrainian Anastasiya Turchyn, with a success by ippon in less than 40 seconds on uchi mata (inside mowing).
It is again by ippon (on o uchi gari) that Malonga won in the semi-final, after less than two minutes of fight against the formidable Dutch Guusje Steenhuis, vice-world champion in 2018, vice-champion of the ‘Europe in April and N.7 in the world ranking.