The 14th French Open (ex TIP) took place from November 16 to 18 in Paris. 731 athletes from 65 countries, with England’s Mahama Cho and « Moldova’s » Aaron Cook headlining, clashed in this G2. Spain, with 4 wins, took the lead ahead of Korea (2 wins).
By Ludovic Mauchien
Less than two years from the Tokyo Olympics, the battle for the ranking has begun to rage up. If the major goal of world leaders at this end of 2018 is the Grand Prix final in Fujairah (UAE) next weekend (November 22-23), some « big ones » had still made the trip to Paris.
England’s Aaron Cook (-80 kg), who fights under the banner of Moldova, were among those. Wi no big opposiiton, he won the tournament and gleaned the few points he needed to go to Fujairah.
His fellow compatriot Mahama Cho (+87 kg), one of the British armada’s leaders and favorite for the Olympic medal, was less fortunate. In the final, he was disqualified against the young Korean Minseo Kim.
This heavy category sees one of the most beautiful French duels of the moment. In the absence of Mbar Ndiaye, in withdrawal, Omar El Yazidi has a head start for the leadership of the category. But since September, Tuarai Hery, integrated the National training center. This young Polynesian (22), protected by Anne-Caroline Graffe, the bronze medalist of the London Olympics, is a diamond to polish. But already, in Paris, he dominated his eldest in the quarterfinal 12-8. He then fell against Mahama Cho in the semi final and finished 3rd, his 1st podium at this level.
The French Open was dominated by the Spanish delegation (4 wins), ahead of Korea (2 wins).