It’s the time for annual elections and some judo stars were crowned as athlete of the year. In France Clarisse Agbégnénou was chosen as the best female athlete of the year by French authority magazine L’Equipe.
Agbégnénou was chosen for the third time in her career. The editorial staff of L’Équipe chose to honor in 2021 the judoka, titled this year for the fifth time at the World Championships and she was twice gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, a unique performance.
The trophee was awarded since 1946 for France and 1975 for the world, the Champion of Champions trophy rewards the sportsman who marked the year, according to the journalists of the L’Equipe group.
In the Czech Republic, the Sports Journalists Association announced the winners of the 63rd edition of its traditional and prestigious award, which began in 1959. Lukas Krpalek became athlete of the year among men and women. Traditionally there is no gender grouping. In the first vote, the SJA members selected Top 10 of individuals and Top 3 of teams and in the second vote defined final positions. This has been the Czech Republic’s most prestigious sport award for more than sixty years.
The event, which was held at the Prague Hilton Hotel, was transmitted on Czech Television.
Krpalek became Olympic Champion in Tokyo in the heavyweight category. It is the third time Krpalek is winning the award (previously 2016 and 2019).
In Japan Shohei Ono was awarded as best male athlete.