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Clarisse Agbegnenou prolongs her Grand Slam title in Paris
8 Feb 2014 18:50
World silver medallist Clarisse Agbegnenou produced a measured display against veteran Anne-Laure Bellard who was contesting the first Grand Slam final of her career. The last contest on day one saw Bellard push Agbegnenou the distance but the French number one retained her title after her compatriot received a shido for passivity with 90 seconds remaining which proved the difference. Bellard booked her place in the final on shido penalties against Sofia European Open winner Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia to her delight and a roar of approval from the Bercy faithful. Agbegnenou was in sensational form in the preliminaries and delivered a special moment in her semi-final as she lifted rival Anicka Van Emden with a ura-nage for ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by World Championships bronze medallist Van Emden who outworked Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Tanaka Miki (JPN) to produce a single yuko which was the only score of the tentative contest. The second bronze medal went to accomplished 19-year-old Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Tashiro Miku who held her nerve against Trstenjak to win by a wara-ari after four minutes of action.
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