Gwladys Epangue withdrew from the London Olympics
Gwladys Epangue, No1. of the Olympic Ranking and world champion in 2009 and 2001 and bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, withdrew Wednesday because of injury to the London Olympics, this summer.
“I have to forfeit on medical injuries. It’s hard because my goal was clearly the gold four years”, the French champion dropped to the press to Insep in Paris.
According to Philippe Le Van, gatekeeper of the France team and Olympic Insep doctor, “the wound is a resurgence of an ancient disease, she probably contracted tuberculosis as a child, and the disease has probably touched a bones in her spine and this bone is very fragile.”
“She is being healed, the doctor said, she can race again, but we will have missed two or three months”.
Gwladys Epangue qualified for London in the category of +67 kg. She was the only qualified French taekwondo with Marlene Harnois in less than 57 kg.
Le National Technical Director Daniel Emelin will propose that the CNOSF Gwladys Epangue be replaced in London by Anne-Caroline Graff, 2001 world champion in the over 73 kg.
Anne-Caroline Graffe is No2. in the +67kg Olympic Ranking and got the gold medal in the World University Taekwondo Championship in Po-cheon.[:]