After Clarisse Agbegnenou (-63kg) and Marie-Eve Gahié (-70kg), Madeleine Malonga has also adorned the world gold in -78kg Friday in Tokyo. Malonga took the best of Japan's Shori Hamada, the reigning world champion in a final curtailed by a magnificent ippon at 1'36 of the end. This is the fifth medal for the French clan.
Malonga, 25, is ramping up throughout the day. The semifinal against Brazilian Mayra Aguiar, world No. 1, has " boosted "His trust, says Larbi Benboudaoud, his coach. In the final, she showed a great strength of character against the formidable Japanese. Malonga started by inflicting a waza-ari but Hamada defended himself and almost trapped him back on an arm key.
Malonga managed to clear in time to keep his slight advantage (1 point). Moments later, she mowed Hamada's right leg on o-soto-gari to win her first world medal, after her European championship crown in 2018.
The bronze medals went to Mayra Aguiar and Kosovare Loriana Kuka.