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The year gets off to a good start for the Team ENGIE athletes preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games

By ENGIE - 27 February 2020 - 12:38

Every month, get the latest news of the 8 athletes supported by ENGIE as part of the new Performance Pact for 2020. The goal is to give them the energy they need to prepare with confidence for next year’s Olympic Games. First they will be aiming to qualify, then they can dream of a medal.

 

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Judo – Madeleine Malonga: undisputed champion

“Paris is home ground”

World champion and world number one in the -78 kg category, Madeleine Malonga retained her ranking and held onto her title at the Paris Grand Slam on February 9. In a very tactical match, the French judoka beat her compatriot, Fanny Posvite.

Madeleine is keeping up her momentum and is getting closer day by day to qualifying for the  2020 Games in Tokyo.

Well done, Madeleine  !

© Fédération Française de Judo

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Judo – Luka Mkheidze: an unconvincing start to the season 
 

The young French judoka also competed in the 2020 Paris Grand Slam, but unfortunately he didn’t find the same success as his compatriot, Madeleine Malonga.

He was defeated in the 2nd round by Turkey’s Mihrac Akkus.

Hang in there, Luka  !  

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Surfing – Pauline Ado  : a winner in Tenerife 
 

A great performance by Pauline Ado in the Cabreiroá Pro Las Americas, held in Tenerife earlier this month! 

The next event in the French surfer’s diary is the Vissla Central Coast Pro at Avoca Beach, Australia, which began on February 25 and ends on March 1.

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Modern Pentathlon – Elodie Clouvel  : solid third place in Budapest 
 

The French modern pentathlete finished on the 3rd step of the podium at the Budapest indoor meeting, great preparation for the first round of the world cup, held from February 26 to March 1 in Cairo, Egypt.

We’re all behind you, Elodie! 

© Instagram Elodie Clouvel

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Windsurf – Pierre Le Coq  : one last hurdle before qualification
 

The windsurfer is at the RS: X World Championships, which take place in Melbourne, Australia from February 25 to 29. This competition will be decisive for qualification for the Tokyo Olympics. Pierre won the bronze medal in Rio. He is now neck and neck with two compatriots for the only French place at the Games.

Best of luck, Pierre  ! 

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