Margaux Pinot: Shock over release of judoka’s partner in assault case

Ms Pinot accused her partner and judo trainer Alain Schmitt of punching and attempting to strangle her during an altercation over the weekend.

The Olympic gold medallist, 27, filed a complaint against Mr Schmitt.

He was arrested but denied the allegations and was acquitted in court.

A judge said there was not "enough proof of guilt" for the prosecution to proceed when delivering his verdict in a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

"A court is never there to tell who is telling the truth and who is lying," the judge said.

Vanuatu judokas impress on Day 1

In the morning session, Vanuatu’s top judoka Joe Mahit defeated New Caledonia’s Jason Mahoux, to a rousing reception from the home fans.

In Round 1, tight hand grips exchanged on both competitors’ arms, leg locks, kicking of competitors’ legs, showing the great strengths and skill of these athletes.

At one point, the referee walked over to the technical officials to point out an issue before returning to continue.

The second round was again a display of great skill between the two competitors.