27 August 2015

TRSTENJAK CONFIRMS NUMBER ONE STATUS WITH HISTORIC WIN

TRSTENJAK CONFIRMS NUMBER ONE STATUS WITH HISTORIC WIN

Tina Trstenjak (SLO) – World Champion 2015

I trained hard and I have a very good coach. Together we found the right tactics and strategy against her [Clarisse Agbegnenou]. He told me what I have to do and I did it. I know she is hard to throw. I knew that if I was going win this fight I would have to attack her and I knew that I could throw her.

I am happy that I am the one who wrote judo history for Slovenia by winning this gold medal.

I am happy with my medal and with the points but tomorrow I will start training again because I have higher goals. This tournament is only a step on the beginning of my way to Rio. Until then I hope I can win more medals.

Clarisse Agbegnenou – 2nd place

I am disappointed as I thought that I was good enough to defend my title. But I was not. Nevertheless, I don’t feel so bad because I’ve fought in three world finals in the last years.

I will find a solution to throw her. I did it in the past and I will do it in the future. I will work hard on this.

I was not seeded number one so I felt less pressure on myself. If you want to win titles or medals you have to beat everybody in the tournament.

Loic Pietri (FRA) – 2nd place

I am a little bit sad that I lost in the final but this tournament is not the be all and end all. The only important thing for me is the Olympic Games next year.

The Canadian [Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER] is a tactically astute fighter. It is important to be fully concentrated and I have to be on my guard the whole time. I did this much better than last year when I lost against him in the semi final. Today I had the right tactics to beat him.