Paris record holder Celine Lebrun about the 2023 Grand Slam
The Paris Grand Slam holds a special place in the judo and sports calendar. Paris it is a two day extravaganza with 7 categories fought to their conclusion on each day.
Celine Lebrun (FRA) is a very well-known name in France but more specifically hers is a name that could be engraved on the ceiling of the Bercy. Alongside her world gold, she won the Europeans 5 times and was world number 1 throughout 2009 and 2010. Celine won gold 6 times, among her 11 medal-winning appearances at Le Tournoi de Paris, an unbelievable record!
Lebrun could be found back in the Bercy on day two of the 2023 Paris Grand Slam, enjoying being part of the occasion, seeing the newest generation of judoka excite the judo-loving onlookers.
“Today there were a lot of attacks and not so many shido wins, certainly in the early part of the day.
Great fighters have created really intense contests, bringing power and intention, looking for ippon. At -90kg Ngayap Hambou was amazing, competing with such energy and without fear when faced with an Olympic champion, whom he beat, and then a world champion he could not pass. He finished his day in 7th place but must be proud of his attitude and approach. His performance is a lesson for all young judoka aspiring to this level."
"Romane Dicko (FRA) and Kayra Sayit (TUR) fought so well, especially in the kumi-kata phases. It was a win for Sayit in the end and even without the positive scores it was an interesting and professional match.
I have to note the beauty of the Bercy, as always, standing as a reminder of all the emotions athletes feel at the top of their game. It’s great to be here and I hope all the athletes can take some moments to really breathe it in.”