The statue of the Franco-Togolese, Olympic judo champion, Clarisse Agbegnenou was inaugurated on Monday, October 03, 2022, at the Grévin Museum in Paris. She therefore becomes the last sportswoman to have her statue at the Grévin Museum in Paris.
Clarisse joins the very closed circle of athletes who already have their statue at the Grévin museum in Paris, like her male counterpart Teddy Riner, who also won five gold medals at the European Championships, Tony Parker, Camille Lacourt , Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pelé, Renaud Lavillenie or even Martin Fourcade.
The Olympic judo champion of Togolese origin entered the Grévin museum earlier this week.
Clarisse Agbegnenou, 29, has the best record in French women’s judo with five world titles, five European titles and two gold medals won at the Tokyo Games last year, including the individual title (-63 kg).
“It’s a won bet, it’s so well done! Suddenly, there will be no judo grip (on my statue), ”joked the judoka in remarks reported by The Team.
“It is a real honor, it was not a dream for me. But I’m so proud to tell myself that I’m going to be able to go to the museum and say “Wow, that’s me! “, she added according to the same sources.
No sportswoman had been more represented there since tenniswoman Amélie Mauresmo and cyclist Jeannie Longo. The last judoka was Brigitte Deydier in 1988.