One week after its resumption, the Judo Pro League made its return this Tuesday and Wednesday with five new matches. Resting last week, Auxerre, Montpellier and Nantes made their debuts in this 2023 edition; a mixed start, as none of them were able to win. And yet, for their first-ever meeting in the Judo Pro League, the Burgundy team came within a waza ari of drawing with Corsica Judo. Leading 3-2 and 41-31 on points scored going into the final bout, Auxerre's judokas saw Adrien Geoffroy score waza ari to bring them back to 3-3 (and 32-41 on points scored) in the final bout. Another waza ari would have earned the Burgundians the extra 9 points, but it never came. For Montpellier Judo Olympic and Dojo Nantais, the suspense was shorter. Despite some hard-fought encounters, the two teams were outclassed respectively by Judo Nice Métropole (1-5) and AM Asnières (1-8) who, after their victory over Dojo Béglais last week, are once again striking a blow in Pool B.
To find suspense, you had to be in Sainte Geneviève (91)! For their favorite team's home debut in the Judo Pro League, the Genovese crowd couldn't have dreamed of anything better. Faced with a conquering Normandie Judo team, they first broke out in a cold sweat before exulting over Cédric Olivar's victory in the last bout, when a final waza-ari enabled SGS Judo to pull back to 3-3 and go ahead by just one point overall (31-30!). With this 2nd victory, SGS takes sole possession of the lead in Poule A. In the other match in this pool, Judo des Hauts-de-France claimed the first victory in their history by beating US Orléans Judo Loiret (6-3).
Discover all the results of the 2nd day of the Judo Pro League 2023 :
SGS JUDO - NORMANDIE JUDO: 3-3 (SGS JUDO won 31-30 on points)
AUXERRE JUDO - CORSICA JUDO: 3-3 (Corsica Judo won 41-32 on points)
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