Name: Madeleine Malonga
Weight Category: -78kg
Madeleine Malonga is the fourth French athlete at #1. There is no doubt that the French have a strong team but this dominance across the board for women is nothing short of incredible. Madeleine made it a hat-trick in the World Championships before helping her team to the silver medal the following day.
It was becoming a usual occurrence for the 2018 European Champion to be on the podium at major events this year, setting the tone on home ground in the Paris Grand Slam with a spectacular win, a sign of great things to come.
Though she narrowly missed out on retaining her European title, this did not hold her back from a lifetime achievement of becoming World Champion two months later. 2020 is a highly anticipated year given the Olympic Games status and it will be interesting to see whether or not Madeleine can keep up her winning streak and outperform her opponents once again on the Tokyo stage.
Author: Thea Cowen