Although it is not yet certain whether or not Madeleine will be on the mats on 1 August, her win over her main French adversary during the repechage and her bronze medal bode well for the future. Another medal at the next Grand Slam could seal the deal for her in the under 78 kg category.
Madeleine has already won the Paris Grand Slam on two occasions (2019 and 2020). She shared her thoughts on winning this bronze medal: “I'm delighted to have got through today. I was aiming for gold, but that's how it goes in sport – what counts is going home with a medal”.
And to justify the rage that appears to have been driving her over her last few fights: “It comes from a deep desire. It's been a long road, full of questioning. It was important that I be myself – beyond the medal, beyond the stakes at the heart of all of this”.