9 December 2023


European Club Championships - Champions League


The Queen anthem echoed through the Stark Arena in Belgrade: “We are the champions, my friends, no time for losers…” The Paris Saint-Germain Judo women’s team have won the Champions League for the first time.

The PSG ladies defeated their compatriots from JC Pontault Combault 3:0 in the final, with Priscilla Gneto (-57), Lucy Renshall (-63) and Marie-Eve Gahie (-70) securing the early decision. Romane Dicko (+70) and Amandine Buchard (-52) didn’t have to compete anymore. Romane Dicko beamed:

It’s a wonderful feeling, we’re happy to have lived up to our role as favourites. The only thing missing for the perfect day was for our men to win too. We would have loved to celebrate with them. But we are really proud to have won this first title for the club – ahead of the footballers and handballers. This is a great day for Judo France!

Marie-Eve Gahie was also beaming:

Last year we were third, now we’re at the top for the first time. A team win like this, with your colleagues, is just wonderful. I’m proud that we came first.

As a reminder: PSG’s star football team were beaten 0:1 by Bayern Munich in the 2020 Champions League final in Lisbon, while the handball team were beaten 23:24 by Skopje in the 2017 Final Four. A jubilant Marie-Eve Gahie said:

It’s wonderful that we’re now first. Now it’s time to celebrate…

Paris Saint Germain were also untouched on their way to the final, beating JC Bosna/BIH 3-0 and Galatasaray Istanbul/TUR) 3-1.

Champions-League, Belgrade 2023, Women: 1. Paris Saint-Germain Judo, 2. Judo Club Pontault Combault (both FRA), 3. Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR), RSC Champigny (FRA).

Author: EJU Media