Clarisse Agbégnénou: “Becoming a mother calmed me down”
Clarisse Agbegnenou at the Salon du chocolat, in Paris, on October 10, 2022. STEPHANE DE…
Clarisse Agbegnenou at the Salon du chocolat, in Paris, on October 10, 2022. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP
INTERVIEW – In search of a 6th world title in Doha, the French judoka evokes her motherhood, her return and Paris 2024.
Mom since June 17, 2002 of a little Athena, Clarisse Agbégnénou could have permanently left her kimono in the locker room. From the top of his five world titles and his Olympic double in Tokyo in 2021, the native of Rennes had nothing more to prove. Except that she still has one dream: to become Olympic champion in Paris in 2024. To achieve this, the 30-year-old young woman says she is ready to overcome all obstacles, from one conflict with his federation about his judogi to a delicate fitness, through the constraints related to motherhood. Before her entry into the running on Wednesday at the world championships (from May 7 to 14 in Doha, Qatar), she confided in the Figaro.
LE FIGARO. – How was your return to the tatami mats in Tel-Aviv after your maternity break?
Clarisse AGBEGNÉNOU. – All I wanted was to have fun. So, when I decided to participate in this competition, because physically I felt good, I was just happy to resume, even…