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Triple World Champion Gevrise Emane says farewell to judo
12 Feb 2018 13:45
Triple world champion and Olympic medalist (London 2012) Gevrise Emane received a a standing ovation from the home crowd before the start of the final block of the Grand Slam of Paris on Sunday. Emane recently announced her sporting retreat. Very moved, even on the verge of tears, the champion dedicated her incredible career to all judo teachers, her club coaches and coaches of the French team and she stressed the importance of working hard to achieve your objectives.
Gevrise Emane finally asked everyone to continue believing in their dreams. On Saturdat the French Judo Federation also paid tribute to two other national athletes who decided to retire: Alain Schmitt and Loïc Korval, both world medallists.
Sally Conway (GBR), who ruined Gevrise Emane's Olympic title dreams during the Rio Games, was on top in Paris winning the category U70kg. The 31-year-old, now seems to approach competitions with a state of mind completely relaxed and obviously it does her very good. It was Conway who congratulated Emane personally and in social media for her outstanding career.
Emane claimed the world title in 2015 at the age of 33, three years after her Olympic bronze U63kg in 2012. She became triple World Champion at 2007, 2011 and 2015 and won bronze in 2013. Emane took the European title in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 and again 2016 in Kazan and is one of the most successful judoka in French judo fighting in two different categories.
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