Judo fans gathered in Paris to witness the first day of one of the most anticipated events on the World Judo Tour – the 2020 Paris Grand Slam.
There was an electric atmosphere inside the Arena, when home favourite and four times World Champion Clarisse Agbegnenou took her 6th Paris Grand Slam title, reports euronews.com.
“It was crazy, like, just when I entered, was like just my name, like energy. It was a good mood, and I was like wow, all of these people are screaming for me. Yeah, the crowd was really amazing. Thank you very much”. Agbegnenou said, “I’m so happy, I could not imagine that someone like me could have a lot of people just watching today, I was invincible because of them.”
— #JudoParis 🥋 (@Judo) February 8, 2020
As for the men, Japan’s Ryuju Nagayama, was the man of the day, as he continued to prove his dominance at under 60kg with a gold medal-winning performance.
A delighted Ryuju said:
“To be honest, I was surprised to be caught in ground work early on in the fight, but after the moment where I escaped, I was confident and able to compose myself and do my judo.”