Sacred in 2019, the French Madeleine Malonga (-78 kg) lost her title of world champion this Friday in Budapest (Hungary), beaten in the final by the German Anna Maria Wagner. A little disappointment just over a month before the Olympic Games.
For the second time in two days, French judo could have adorned itself with gold. But after the fifth world champion title of the unstoppable Clarisse Agbegnenou, Madeleine Malonga, reigning world champion (2019), was surprised in the -78 kg category of the Budapest Worlds (Hungary).
Opposed to the German Anna Maria Wagner, world number 3 she had already defeated in their last two fights, the Valdoisienne lost in the golden score on a waza-ari, constantly shaken in the final Friday at the end of afternoon. After the “manita” of Agbegnenou, there will therefore be no second charm for France, while the men will not bring any.
Going for gold in Tokyo
The world number 1, who had not competed since her success at the Masters in Doha (Qatar) last January, therefore loses her red bib and lacks confidence before landing at the Olympic Games (23 July -8 August).
At 27, and yet in the best shape of his career, Malonga has an impressive individual record – one World Cup and two European Championships. Despite this defeat, she will fly to her first Olympics in Tokyo (Japan) with the ambition still intact to add a first Olympic title, within a French team that will look great.