She is the greatest champion in the history of French women’s judo. Five times world champion and four times European champion in -63 kg, Clarisse Agbegnenou, 28, will be, with gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, the flag bearer of the French delegation during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games , Friday, in Tokyo. Where she will try, four days later, to bring back the gold medal, the only title (but what a title!) Which is missing from her immense list of achievements.
A week in a coma
If she is licensed in Champigny-sur-Marne, in Val-de-Marne, one thing, and not the least, links French judoka to Brittany: her birth! On October 25, 1992, it was in Rennes that Clarisse Agbegnenou was born. And the future champion had a chaotic start to her life. Pregnant with twins, her mother gave birth two months early. The twin brother, Aurélien, is doing very well, but little Clarisse is not breathing: victim of kidney failure, she will spend a week in a coma and will require heavy treatment for several months. “I was born dead,” she summed up during a visit organized in 2019 to the Rennes hospital, where our colleagues from Ouest-France had followed her.
From there to giving the Breton status to the French flag carrier, there is a step that we would like to take. But we doubt that the main interested party, who, after these particularly hectic first months, grew up in Asnières-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), considers herself as such.
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