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Tokyo 2020. Clarisse Agbegnenou, the French flag carrier, is she Breton?  – Tokyo 2020


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 years old, will be, with gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, the flag bearer of the French delegation during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 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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