After Lithuania and Romania, Germany lost to the French team in the semi-finals of the team event at the World Championships in Doha. The Blues will once again find Japan for the title.
The French team will end the Doha Worlds with one last medal! The day after Teddy Riner’s eleventh title, the French team will play their fifth consecutive final in the capital of Qatar. For that, Germany gave in just like Lithuania and Romania have been able to do since the start of the day. Sarah-Léonie Cysique launched the Blues with a victory against Seija Ballhaus after only 38 seconds on a perfectly brought ippon.
The second fight gave more cold sweats to the tricolor clan since Joan-Benjamin Gaba had to try twice to overcome Alexander Gabler. Thanks to two waza-ari, the victory gained the representative of the France team with a little less than two minutes remaining on the clock. Marie-Eve Gahié, meanwhile, also had difficulty getting the better of Giovanna Scoccimarro. After receiving a penalty, the Frenchwoman waited the last 20 seconds to make the difference.
𝐋𝐀 𝐅𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐀𝐀𝐀𝐀𝐋𝐄 ! 🤩
Romane Dicko (+70kg) gets the last point and sends the French team to the final! ✨
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Dicko finished the job
Thanks to a waza-ari, she brought the Blues closer to qualifying for the final. However, the issue was delayed by Martin Matijass after a fight that held the public spellbound for nearly nine minutes. After an undecided “Golden Score” between two judokas already penalized twice, it was Maxime-Gaël Ngayap Hambou who gave in and was disqualified. It was therefore Romane Dicko who had the honor of sealing the fate of this confrontation against Anna Monta Olek.
The German quickly gave in to the power of the Habs, receiving a penalty after less than 30 seconds and then a second before the fight went over a minute. The German will have resisted barely a minute longer. After scoring a waza-ari, Romane Dicko continued on the ground with an immobilization which allowed him to seal the fate of the meeting (4-1). A success that allows the French team to qualify for the final with, as in the last four world championships but also at the Tokyo Olympics, Japan who will be their opponent.