Back to the events of the day.
And six gold medals for the French delegation! Jean Quiquampoix was crowned that night in a speed gun at 25m, with a total score of 34/40. Silver medalist in Rio, the 25-year-old shooter this time climbs to the top step of the podium.
In horse riding, the French team won a bronze medal in the eventing. Ninth at the end of the dressage, the Blues made a formidable comeback to finish 3e in cross-country, behind Great Britain and Australia.
Injured to the left biceps, the gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, standard bearer of the French delegation, failed at the foot of the podium in the final of the rings event. With a score of 14.90, he finished three tenths behind the bronze obtained by Eleftherios Petrounias. The first two places are occupied by two Chinese, Yang Liu (15.50) and Hao You (15.30).
In handball, the Blue qualified for the quarter-finals thanks to their victory against Brazil (29-22). The French will play against the Netherlands on Wednesday. The basketball players French women will also play a quarter on Wednesday, despite their defeat (82-93) against the United States. It will be against China or Spain.
In Table tennis, the French were eliminated in the round of 16 of the team tournament by Singapore (0-3). Same score for the men, beaten by China in the quarterfinals.
Surprise in soccer : the United States will not bring back the gold. Megan Rapinoe and hers lost (0-1) to Canada, which joined Sweden in the final.
It’s an event: for the first time since 1980, the gold medal of the 3,000 m steeplechase is not won by a Kenyan. The winner, Soufiane El-Bakkali, is Moroccan.
Already crowned in Beijing, London and Rio, Cuban Mijain Lopez made history by winning a fourth gold medal – in Greco-Roman wrestling over 130 kg. Only Carl Lewis, Michael Phelps and Al Oerter achieved a similar performance.
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In athletics, the pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie will try to win a new Olympic medal from 12:20 pm The 34-year-old Frenchman will not be the favorite against the record holder of the discipline, Armand Duplantis, who is playing his first Games. For women, the final of the hammer throw to follow, with the French Alexandra Tavernier. Also on the program: the long jump, the 800m and the 200m women.
In handball, the Blues will be favorites against the surprising selection of Bahrain in the quarter-finals, at 2:30 am Paris time.
In basketball, the French will play their quarter against Italy at 10:20 am The Blues, who finished at the top of their group ahead of Team USA, have a good card to play in this tournament.
It’s a first day for the Blues of volleyball, who have never played in any Olympic quarter-final. A big piece awaits Laurent Tillie’s players: Poland, the reigning double world champion. Meet at 2:30 p.m.
The Games in a nutshell.
The image of the fists brandished by Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the podium of the 200m at the 1968 Mexico Games, in protest against racism, had been around the world. Their compatriot Raven Saunders also had a cause to support after his silver medal obtained on Sunday in the shot put.
The 25-year-old Olympic runner-up took advantage of her podium to fold her arms and form an “X”. A way to address support to all people who are victims of oppression. “My message is: keep fighting, pushing and finding value in who you are, in everything you do”, she said in a press conference after the weight contest.
The athlete is very invested in defending the rights of the LGBT community, according to the American press. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) specified before the start of the Games that athletes could express themselves on political and social issues in front of the media, during team meetings or on social networks, but not during the award ceremonies. medals. “ We are going to study this file, we need to understand precisely what happened ” said the IOC.
The Olympians at the microphone.
“I had to forfeit, I couldn’t get on the rings”
Like Clarisse Agbegnenou, who carried the French flag with him during the opening ceremony, Samir Aït Saïd hoped for the gold medal. But the gymnast’s Olympic dream stopped at the foot of the podium (4e), at the end of the rings. Arrived with a large bandage on his left arm, he said he competed in the event being injured. ” Three days ago I heard a click in my biceps, I let go of the rings straight. I had to forfeit, I couldn’t get on the rings. “
Samir Aït Saïd was unable to warm up before the final. “My coaches asked me if I wanted to stop. No, that’s not possible. I made a promise “, has he developed at the microphone of the IOC channel. “I honestly thought I wasn’t going to hurt the adrenaline rush. I stopped training for three days, and there, just now, while warming up to make my final, I saw that it was impossible ”, he added in the mixed zone.
After the disappointment, Aït Saïd left for exams. “He suffered two tears in the short left biceps”, entrusted to World his trainer, Rodolphe Bouché. Already affected in London and Rio, the 31-year-old gymnast already has his eyes riveted on Paris 2024. “ Don’t you think I’ll end with a fourth place? At home, in my country, in my city, I will have the Grail. I’m capable of anything, even making a move at the Olympics with an arm that I can’t seem to lift. “
Snapshot of our special envoys.
“When I was a kid, baseball was a lot more popular here than football. “ It is not a person speaking to me, but a cell phone. He tells me about his relationship to sport, and how the Japanese experience supporterism. An improvised way found by an affable driver to communicate: a translation application for his words allows you to discuss everything, nothing, Sophie Marceau, whom he admires, and the Olympic Games as we travel through the capital.
Here I am embarked on explaining the defeat of PSG and Parisian life to Kazu – that’s his first name, and I learn that mine, translated into Japanese, is Kuramento. Very proud to learn that the manga Slam dunk has been translated into French, Kazu is racing for inter-high school competitions, and the pleasure of playing baseball. Incidentally, we note that the defeat of the Japanese against the French in the final of the judo team competition was not much appreciated. And how expensive Parisian life is! You can’t hide anything from a smartphone.
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