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France stun rivals to take double team gold

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Gold medalists France pose with the team Judo medals. Francois Nel/Getty Images
Three swift ippons give France women's team gold in sensational style

France ended the Baku 2015 European Games Judo competition in sensational style as they secured gold medals in both the men's and women's team events on the fourth and final day of Judo at the Heydar Aliyev Arena on Sunday.

A remarkable series of quick-fire wins gave France victory over Germany in the women's team final, before the French men's team followed up by defeating the strong favourites Georgia in their final.

Germany took the lead in the best-of-five women's match, which was finely balanced at 1-1 after Laetitia Blot, a first-round loser in the individual competition, won a tense second bout at -57kg for France.

Before the Germans knew what had happened, they had suddenly lost 4-1.

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Martyna Trajdos was thrown within 15 seconds, then Marie Eve Gahie needed just 10 seconds to claim victory over Szaundra Diedrich, who was flat out on the mat while Gahie and her teammates leapt up and down and screamed with delight. France had won gold.

To round off a spectacular series of wins, Madeleine Malonga also won in 10 seconds, defeating Luise Malzahn. Those three victories took a grand total of 35 seconds.

Four successive wins by France became seven when their men won the first three bouts in their final against Georgia to clinch the gold.

Loic Korval had an ippon against Amiran Papinashvili at -66kg, and Pierre Duprat won a marathon -73kg with a golden score against Nugzari Tatalashvili.

The deciding win was earned by Loic Pietri against Avtandili Tchrikishvili at -81kg, making the final score 4-1.


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