Name: Madeleine Malonga
Weight category: -78kg
Since 2018, Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) has established herself on top of the -78kg category, securing her positions above team mates, Audrey TCHEUMEO and Fanny Estelle POSVITE.
France may continue to pepper the categories with multiple worthy athletes but only one judoka can take on the Olympic challenge and with current World and European titles to her name, Malonga is head and shoulders above the rest.
Not only has she impressed at major events, when the pressure is mounting including the World Championships in the home of judo, Japan, but at home when expectations are high. Of course this is the Paris Grand Slam, the event the French athletes dream of winning in front of an exceptional home crowd, the arena never fails to amaze.
Paris Grand Slam 2020 (c) Sabau Gabriela
Paris Grand Slam 2020 (c) Moeller Lars
Malonga will now be looking in to 2021, her second year at the top of the WRL and sights set on an Olympic gold to complete her already stunning collection.
Author: Thea Cowen