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French women have lots of medal chances

10 Sep 2018 08:25

 by Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy    Mongolian JudoHeroes

France is a powerhouse in world judo. And in Teddy Riner, they have a fixed deposit that's sure to win gold. However, this time around Riner won't be there to ensure a gold medal for France. Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy will lead you through the team of France.

Its male team is full of relative unknowns. Names like Luka Mkheidze (-60kg), Daniel Jean (-66kg), Benjamin Axus (-73kg), Guillaume Chaine (-73kg), Alpha Oumar Djalo (-81kg) and Aurelien Diesse (-90kg) are not recognizable names outside of France. There are three familiar names in the men's team though: Axel Clerget (-90kg), Cyrille Maret (-100kg) and Alexandre Iddir (-100kg).

Both Clerget and Maret are already 31 years old and this could very well be their last hurrah. Iddir, relatively younger at 27, was formerly a -90kg player. He has a very powerful ippon-seoi-nage but it has yet to be seen how well he can execute that against bigger opponents. Of the three, Maret probably has the best chance of winning a major medal.

The women's team has more recognizable names and at least two who are serious contenders for gold. Amandine Buchard (-52kg) and Priscilla Gneto (-57kg) are experienced players at the highest levels although it can't be said that they are the top contenders for gold in the team. That label belongs to Clarisse Agbegnenou (-63kg) and Audrey Tcheumeo (-78kg). Buchard is currently the No. 1 seed but she has the challenge of having two top Japanese in her category (Uta Abe and Ai Shishime). Marie Eve Gahie (-70kg) and Madeleine Malonga (-78kg), both relatively young, are prospects for medals too.

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