Thanks in particular to Priscilla Gneto and Margaux Pinot but also pushed by their public in Mulhouse, the French team won the title of European champion thanks to a success in the final against the Netherlands.
A month after the disappointment of the Worlds, the Blues have found a smile. After seeing the world title escape them against Japan, the members of the French team dominated the European championship by mixed teams, organized this Saturday in Mulhouse. Before facing the Netherlands in the final, the Habs started with a clear success over Ukraine (4-0) with Marie-Eve Gahié, Loris Tassier, Julia Tolofua and Joseph Terhec who gave their opponents no chance.
A first success which thus opened the doors to the semi-finals with Turkey as their opponent. If Loris Tassier then Léa Fontaine allowed the French team to get off to a good start in this duel, Joseph Terhec could only lose to Munir Ertug in the +90kg fight. Nevertheless, Faiza Mokdar revived the Blues before Benjamin Axus got the better of Bayram Kandemir to confirm qualification for the final (4-1).
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The French team wins its first continental title by mixed teams! ???
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The Netherlands overtaken by the Blues
A title that the France team played against the Netherlands. A team that created a sensation at the start of the day by eliminating defending champion Georgia, in a rematch of the final disputed last year in Oufa. This final, the Habs took it by the right end with Julia Tolofua who got the better of Marit Kamps. Nevertheless, the Dutch responded immediately with Jur Spikers dominating Emre Sanal. Priscilla Gneto, luxury joker for this final, did not leave the slightest chance to Shannon van de Meeberg for what was her only fight of the day.
Opposed to Matthijs van Harten, Benjamin Axus brought the tricolor clan closer to the gold medal. The honor of concluding went to Margaux Pinot, for whom it was also the first outing on the tatami this Saturday. By ippon, she dominated Sanne van Dijke to seal the fate of this final (4-1) and bring France the first title in the discipline. A European coronation which follows that won during the last Olympic Games, in Tokyo.