Clarissa Agbenenu could not have dreamed of a worse return to competition. The French judoka, who was absent after receiving a gold medal at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, in particular during the birth of her first child, returned during the Champions League final between Crvena Zvezda and the American Orleans this Saturday in Georgia. The Olympic champion in the weight category up to 63 kg injured her right knee with 3’02’ remaining in a fight with her compatriot Margot Pino.
Two tricolor judokas ended up on the ground, on their knees, during a seemingly harmless action. The licensee from American Orleans got up without problems, unlike her compatriot. Clarissa Agbenenu returned to the center of the tatami on only her left foot and eventually gave up the fight, which was supported by Margot Pino, to get out with the tatami. Anxiety trauma? “In action, both fall, they can repeat a thousand times, nothing happens. This is a stop. She felt it crack a little. She froze. We have to wait for the exams,” explained Philippe Sudret, President of Red Star de Champigny. Team.
Clarissa Agbenienu has not fought since July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, and the mixed team final was won by France against Japan. This European Club Championship marked his return to competition. After his departure, Red Star was losing 3-0 and could say goodbye to their dreams of a final victory. His club was already vice-champion of Europe last year without Agbenyonu.
For his part, Teddy Riner, aligned with PSG at +90kg, lost to Georgian Guram Tushishvili in the quarterfinals.