A double in the men and women's team events lifted France to the top of the European Games judo medal table here today. 

A remarkable series of quickfire wins gave France victory over Germany in the women's team final, before the men's team followed up by defeating the strong favourites in Georgia in their final.

Germany took the lead in the best-of-five women's match, which was finely balanced at 1-1 after Laetitia Blot, a first-round loser in the individual competition, won a tense second bout at under 57 kilograms.

She held on in a close finish to defeat Miryam Roper, a bronze medallist on Thursday (June 25).

Before the Germans knew what had happened, they had suddenly lost 4-1.

Germany's Martyna Trajdos had beaten Clarisse Agbegnenou, who only recently lost after 17 consecutive months of being unbeaten, in the under 63kg semi-final.

But in the team event, Trajdo was thrown within 15 seconds and Agbegnenou had won by ippon.

The next bout was even shorter.

It took Marie Eve Gahie only 10 seconds to claim victory over Szaundra Diedrich, who was flat out on the mat while the Frenchwoman  leapt up and down and her team-mates squealed with delight. 

To round off a spectacular series of wins Madeleine Malonga also won within 10 seconds, defeating Luise Malzahn. 

The three victories took a total of 35 seconds.

"For some of us, including me, it was a kind of revenge for the individual event," Agbegnenou said. 

"I made an error in the individual event, but I came back in the team."

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Silver medalists Germany, gold medalists France, bronze medalists Italy and bronze medalists Slovenia pose for a photo at the European Games won in the women's judo team finals ©Getty Images

Loic Korval had an ippon against Amiran Papinashvili at under 66kg and Pierre Duprat won a marathon under 73kg with a golden score against Nugzari Tatalashvili, the individual silver medallist earlier in the week. 

The deciding win was earned by Loic Pietri against newly-crowned European Games gold medallist Avtandili Tchrikishvili at under 81kg, and the final score was 4-1.

It meant that France, whose only individual gold medallist was Emilie Andeol in the over 78kg category, finished with a total of eight medals - three gold, two silver and three bronze - to finish top overall in an event that also doubled as the sport's European Championships. 

The performance was a long way short of the six gold medals they had won at last year's European Championships in Montpelier.

But today's success went some way to making up for that. 

"Nobody was very satisfied with their result in the [individual] Championship and we said, 'Let's go for it'," said Pietri.

"That gave us an extra push."

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