Madeleine Malonga claims third consecutive gold medal for France at judo world championships

The 25-year-old takes the women's -78kg crown, with Jorge Fonseca winning  the first world title for Portugal in the men's -100kg

By Alessandro Poggi ·

Another night of surprises at the Nippon Budokan.

Following the maiden titles of Noel van’t and Marie-Eve Gahie in the men’s -90kg and women’s -70kg respectively, day six of the 2019 judo world championships saw two more new world champions.

Madeleine Malonga won a third gold for France after Gahie and Clarisse Agbegnenou in the women’s -63kg class.

The 2018 European champion, who was fourth seed, defeated reigning champion Shori Hamada in the final.

25-year-old Malonga first scored a waza-ari, then pinned the Japanese on the ground for ippon with a o-soto-gari throw.

"I'm very, very happy. It's a dream come true", the two-time Grand Slam winner said in the mixed zone while crying.

"I've worked for years and finally I've made it, I'm very happy! I'm probably going to cry for days, but I don't care.

"We did a great preparation together and the work paid off."

"We had a lot of training camps, we worked a lot, we are very united and we’re proud to be the leading women’s nation." - Madelaine Malonga

The emotion of Madeleine Malonga on the podium in Tokyo.

Kosovo’s promising young talent Loriana Kuka won her first world medal by beating Slovenia’s Klara Apotekar for bronze.

Two-time world champion Mayra Aguiar of Brazil clinched her sixth world championships medal after defeating Patricia Sampaio of Portugal in the second small final.

Portugal's Jorge Fonseca dances after winning the contest against Russia's Niyaz Ilyasov.

Historic day for Portugal

Jorge Fonseca has claimed his first title by winning the men's -100kg title.

It's the first judo world gold medal in Portugal's history.

The eighth seed defeated Niyaz Ilyasov of Russia: Fonseca scored a waza-ari as he rammed his opponent to the ground while trying a seoi-nage.

The Portuguese then held off the Russian and celebrated with some dance moves in front of the excited crowd.

On the way to gold, the 2018 Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist defeated world number one Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia in the quarter-final and Rio 2016 silver medallist Elmar Gasimov from Azerbaijan in the semi-final.

"I can't believe I'm world champion! I never won a title in the tour and I'm so happy," he said to IJF TV.

"My coach never gave up on me even during tough times, he was always next to me."

"The celebration dance? It's not Brazilian, it's African, where my origins are from. I dance since I was a kid and sometimes I still do it on the dance floor!" - Jorge Fonseca

Portugal's Jorge Fonseca poses with his gold medal on the podium.

Reigning world champion Cho Gu-ham lost a marathon semi-final against Ilyasov.

The Korean went on to lose the bronze final against Michael Korrel from the Netherlands.

2017 world champion Aaron Wolf, who beat Gasimov, claimed the second medal of the night for Japan.