Judo: 3 things to know about the Paris Grand Slam

International judo is back in Paris this weekend. The traditional Grand Slam, created half a century ago and which is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, takes over the Accor Arena in Bercy for two days. The opportunity to appreciate, among other things, the next generation of French judo, failing to see those who amazed at the last Tokyo Games.

A strong French delegation

The count is easy: for each category (7 for both girls and boys), four French representatives will be on the tatami mats, making 56 fighters in total. Only one of them returned from the Tokyo Games with a medal around his neck, and not just any one, since Guillaume Chaine (-de 73 kg) was part of the France team victorious over Japan by teams. The other big names who shone this summer, whatever the color of the metal, are missing. It is therefore time to see the succession of the Blues for the next few years, such as Chloé Devictor (-52kg) and Coralie Hayme (+ 78kg) both crowned junior world champions, or Romain Valadier Picard (-60kg, champion of ‘Europe juniors) and Arnaud Aregba (-81kg, European junior vice-champion).

Maret and Tcheuméo as regulars, Boukli for a revenge

These two are no strangers to the catwalks. They therefore have the arguments to take the highest step. At 34, Cyrille Maret (over 100 kg) has already won six medals including three titles (from 2014 to 2016) in Paris, all in the under 100 k category. The Dijon has moved to the next category, where Teddy Riner will be absent. Audrey Tcheuméo, who won her first trophy ten years ago, is aiming for the pass of five. Finally, Shirine Boukli (- 48 kg), European champion 2020, will try to erase her poor performance in Tokyo where she was eliminated in the first round.

50 years of success

Nobody remembers it, but it’s been half a century since the International Tournament of the city of Paris was born. Since then, he has continued to grow and improve. Exclusively reserved for boys for sixteen years, it opened to women in 1988. The place has also changed, moving in 2000 from the West to the East of Paris, from Coubertin to Bercy. Very big names have left their indelible mark there, with, in the first place, Teddy Riner. The star of French judo has indeed won six times (from 2008 to 2013), before experiencing his first defeat last year after nine years of unbeaten competition and 154 fights.

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