By Euronews with International Judo Federation
Clarisse Agbegnenou defeated in-form Andreja Leski of Slovenia to take under 63 kilo gold in Doha
For sports, Qatar has become a sought-after destination, with state-of-the-art venues reflecting its status as a global competition hub.
And at the Judo World Championships currently taking place in the city children were invited to inspire a new generation of judoka.
Agbegnenou on sparkling form
Clarisse Agbegnenou, France’s five-time World and Olympic Champion, was on sparkling form all day at under 63 kilos, her trademark armlocks and big throws taking her to the final.
There she was to meet the in-form Andreja Leski of Slovenia for a rematch of the World Championship final of two years ago.
And before an excited crowd, it was Agbegnenou who dominated, throwing and then holding her way to a sixth World title. IJF EC Member Jean Luc Rougé awarded the medals.
“I’m really proud to be back as a mother and to have this sixth World medal today,” Agbegnenou said afterwards.
Grigalashvili defeats Casse again
Belgium’s former World Champion Mathias Casse came to Doha to reclaim his title and he stormed his way through the preliminaries.
But on the other side of the draw was reigning World Champion and rival Tato Grigalashvili, who reached the final using his big Georgian judo style.
It was the third time in a row that these two had faced up for a World Championships final and it was Grigalashvili who dominated, retaining his title with a waza-ari.
IJF Vice President Dr Laszlo Toth awarded the medals
“My memories from Doha are amazing,” Grigalashvili said. “Because in 2021 I won the World Masters here and now, I’ve defended my World title. There’s a fantastic atmosphere and I hope I’ll come back for more medals. Thank you Qatar and Doha.”
Tomorrow, two more World Champions will be crowned in Doha, whose iconic architecture exemplifies Qatar’s commitment to innovation: a truly remarkable destination at the crossroads of heritage and progress.