Judo: Priscilla Gneto will go to the Olympics | On the carpet!

The 24-year-old judoka, bronze medalist at the London Olympics in 2012, will represent France in Rio in the category of -52 kg.

Alexandre Iddir and Priscilla Gneto. Photo: Florent Bouteiller

Elbow-to-elbow for two years now, engaged in an unrestrained race to the Olympic selection in recent weeks, Priscilla Gneto and Annabelle Eurania must have experienced a night tormented Monday, May 30. The next day, the Selection Committee met to determine, among other things, who the two athletes competing in the -52kg category would be at the Games. And the balance tilted in favor of the youngest, Priscilla Gneto, who impressed the coaches by grabbing a silver medal at the European Championships in Kazan at the end of April, when his rival had finished at the foot. of the podium (5 e ).

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Priscilla Gneto can nevertheless blow, because Annabelle Euranie had arguments to make. First, the member of Blanc-Mesnil points to the fifth place in the ranking list (the world ranking of judokas) when his compatriot occupies only the eleventh place. A ranking synonymous with a seed that would have avoided the first face immediately one of the best athletes in the category. Finally, in its successive confrontations, Eurania had managed to beat top athletes like Japan’s Nakamura, Brazil’s Miranda or Russia’s Kuziutina. Annabelle Euranie was also one of the few in the world to pose problems to the one who has been almost undefeated (one defeat) for two years: the Kosovar Majlinda Kelmendi. At the European Championships in Kazan a month ago, the French had lost only two penalties against the terror of the -52 kg unlike Priscilla Gneto who, in the final, was surprised by the Hague. goshi of the double world champion.

However, Roger Vachon and his selection committee have decided, believing that the Levalloisienne had the potential to seize again a medal or Olympic title. A choice reminiscent of 2012 when, at the last moment, Priscilla Gneto was preferred to Pénélope Bonna to represent France in -52 kg. At the time, the bet had been judicious because the fiery judoka had managed to hang the bronze. Now remains to repeat the feat for the one that will compete three days before his companion Alexander Iddir (-90 kg), also selected for the Games.

Others selected

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Walide Khyar, at Insep at the end of January.

In the other categories, no or little surprise. In -60 kg, Walide Khyar was logically preferred to Vincent Limare. Despite his silver medal won at the Guadalaraja Masters, the JCMA judoka did not manage to make forget the fabulous blow of his rival to Kazan who won the European championships by dismissing several cadors of the category with its ura-swimming (counters) breathtaking. In -66 kg and -73 kg, who other than Kilian Blouch and Pierre Duprat , without much reference for now, to go to the Games? In -81, it is the 2013 world champion Loïc Pietri who will defend the rooster. If he remains on three defeats in the first laps of his last three outings, we can count on D-day a great performance of this man of major events that has managed to stay on the world podium for the past three years. In the -90 kg, Alexander Iddir will try to talk his school ippon-soei-nage (shoulder movement). Cyrille Maret , too, is an indisputable leader in -100 kg. But he will have to force his nature and be ruthless with his opponents if he wants to come back from Rio with a medal. Triple winner of the Paris Tournament in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the ACBB judoka had not managed to hold his place in Europe in Kazan in April (not ranked). Finally, what about Teddy Riner ? On the tatamis of the planet, no one has been able to worry the eightfold world champion since September 2010. And since then, his supremacy has steadily grown stronger. Then the case is quickly seen: the Olympic champion will seek another title to become, in 2020, the greatest judoka in history by dethroning the Japanese Nomura, triple Olympic champion.

Clarisse Agbegnenou, world champion of -63 kg in 2014.

In girls, apart from the delicate category to be split in -52 kg between Priscilla Gneto and Annabelle Euranie, no surprise. In the absence of Amandine Buchard, who threw in the towel because she was unable to be by weight, it is Laetitia Payet who gets the ticket of -48 kg. In the -57 kg, it is the radiant European Champion Autumn Pavia who will try to grab the gold four years after winning bronze in London. In -63 kg, which French could better defend the tricolor chances than Clarisse Agbegnenou , 2014 world champion and double vice-world champion in 2013 and 2015? We did not expect her to bring back the title any less. Same requirement for the triple world champion of -70 kg, Gévrise Emane , who will be the big favorite. In -78 kg, Audrey Tcheuméo will of course be lined up to win her title to the Olympic champion Harrisson. But the obstacles will be many, starting with the Brazilian Mayra Aguiar who, on his land, will be eager to shine. Finally in +78 kg, Emilie Andéol is logically selected for the grand mass of the world judo, strong of its status of n ° 5 world.