Madeleine Malonga, Team ENGIE’s judoka, had to make do with a silver medal in the women's event before going on to win gold at the mixed team event.
Having won the first round relatively easily, she had to fight hard and raise her game against Cuban Kaliema Antomarchi in the quarter-finals. She ended up winning by one full ippon in the golden score overtime. In the semi-finals, “Mado” dominated proceedings. She did not leave her opponent Hyunji Yoon a single opportunity, pushing her to three faults and booking her place in the finals in the process. Unfortunately, the 2019 World Champion was powerless in the finals against Shori Hamada, her heir apparent in the world rankings. In barely one minute, Madeleine was beaten with an ippon and immobilised. A disappointment for Madeleine, who had to get over it quickly in time for the mixed team event two days later.
Mission accomplished. France's mixed judo team made up of Clarisse Agbégnénou, Sarah-Leonie Cysique, Margaux Pinot, Romane Dicko, Madeleine Malonga, Amandine Buchard, Kilian Le Blouch, Alexandre Iddir, Guillaume Chaine and Teddy Riner pulled off a coup, emerging victorious in this new format against Japan, the favourite nation to win. So all in all, Madeleine Malonga won two medals in Tokyo – a gold in the mixed event and a silver in the women's event! An excellent performance!