Judo: first international medal for Léa Fontaine, European vice-champion

At 19, Léa Fontaine won silver at the European Judo Championships. In the +78 kg category, she lost in the final against Kayra Sayit.

The French judokate Léa Fontaine won, at the age of 19, her first international medal in the +78 kg category. She is vice-champion of Europe after her defeat in the final against the Turkish Kayra Sayit (ippon), Sunday in Lisbon.

Sayit, 5th in the world and bronze medalist at the last two editions of the World Championships (2018 and 2019), succeeds Romane Dicko, who will represent France at the Olympic Games in Tokyo (23 July-8 August) in this category of +78 kg. In the final, Fontaine, double European junior champion in 2019 and 2020, could not do anything against Sayit, who regained the European gold won five years ago.

Eight medals in total

The France team won two other medals on this last day of the 2021 European Championships in Lisbon: bronze for Fanny Estelle Posvite (not selected for the Tokyo Games) in the -78 kg category and Alexandre Iddir in -100 kg, which consolidates its position as number 1 contender for the Olympic ticket at stake in the category.

Without its two headliners, Teddy Riner (+100 kg) and Clarisse Agbegnenou (-63 kg), the France team returns from Portugal with eight medals, including the title for Amandine Buchard (-52 kg).

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