The Paris Grand Slam 2022 certainly delivered with tremendous judo over the 5th and 6th of February.
A strong Japanese team was entered and swept up a great number of medals; 7 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze placing them firmly at the top of the medal table. Next up was the greatly supported host nation of France.
The women took the lions share; 3 gold, 1 silver and 5 out of the 7 bronze medals.
-48kg 1. TSUNODA Natsumi (JPN) 2. BAVUUDORJ Baasankhuu (MGL) 3. KOGA Wakana (JPN) 3. PONT Blandine (FRA)
-60kg 1. NAGAYAMA Ryuju (JPN) 2. JEON Seungbeom (KOR) 3. MKHEIDZE Luka (FRA) 3. PAPINASHVILI Jaba (GEO)
-52kg 1. BUCHARD Amandine (FRA) 2. KRASNIQI Distria (KOS) 3. KOCHER Fabienne (SUI) 3. SHISHIME Ai (JPN)
-57kg 1. FUNAKUBO Haruka (JPN) 2. TAMAOKI Momo (JPN) 3. GNETO Priscilla (FRA) 3. CYSIQUE Sarah Leonie (FRA)
-73kg 1. Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) 2. HASHIMOTO Soichi (JPN) 3. AXUS Benjamin (FRA) 3. TSEND-OCHIR Tsogtbaatar (MGL)
-70kg 1. PINOT Margaux (FRA) 2. NIIZOE Saki (JPN) 3. ONO Yoko (JPN) 3. MATIC Barbara (CRO)
-78kg 1. TCHEUMEO Audrey (FRA) 2. UMEKI Mami (JPN) 3. MALONGA Madeleine (FRA) 3. LEE Jeongyun (KOR)
-78kg 1. TOMITA Wakaba (JPN) 2. DICKO Romane (FRA) 3. KIM Hayun (KOR) 3. TOLOFUA Julia (FRA)
For the European gold medallists; Amandine BUCHARD (FRA), Margaux PINOT (FRA), Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) and Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL) it was their first time taking the Paris title, however for Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA) it was a different story.
This was in fact her fifth Paris Grand Slam title, and she took this one in incredible fashion against UMEKI Mami (JPN), much to the delight of a fully packed arena.
Amandine BUCHARD (FRA)
Margaux PINOT (FRA).
Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO).
Toma NIKIFOROV (BEL).
Audrey TCHEUMEO (FRA).
Of the 14 nations to take medals in this grand slam, 11 were European.
Author: Thea Cowen