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This is the 25e tricolor medal. Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz won the bronze medal in the 470 double dinghy on Wednesday August 4, during the ultimate sailing event of the Games. Camille Lecointre, 36, had already won the same metal in Rio in 2016 with another partner, Hélène Defrance. This is the third podium for French sailing at the Tokyo Olympics, after the silver medals of Charline Picon and Thomas Goyard in RS: X windsurfing.
On the side of the Olympic stadium in Tokyo, Kevin Mayer had a very complicated start to the decathlon. Injured in the back and left behind in the standings, the Frenchman reassured himself with a high jump to 2.08 m before achieving a poor performance in the 400 m. He explained that he took anti-inflammatory drugs that alleviate the pain in the evening. He is fifth overall.
🇫🇷🗣 “I have a staff accompanying me, we have found the solution!” Embarrassed by back pain at the start of the day, K… https://t.co/OsKGXzOQMO
The beautiful period of French collective sport continues. The French basketball players, led by great Marines Johannès and Gabby Williams, qualified for the semi-finals of the Tokyo Games at the expense of Spain (67-64), maintaining their dream of a medal more than ever. They will face Japan in the semi-finals.
The French handball players largely dominated the Netherlands (32-22) and will face Sweden in the semi-finals on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
After an epic duel with compatriot Dalilah Muhammad, American Sydney McLaughlin smashed her own world record for the 400 m hurdles (51’46 against 51’90) to win his first Olympic title.
André De Grasse won the final of 200 m in 19’62. The 26-year-old Canadian sprinter resisted returns from Kenneth Bednarek and Noah Lyles to claim his first Olympic title.
Ugandan Peruth Chemutai won the Olympic title in 3,000 m steeplechase in 9’01’45, ahead of the American Courtney Frerichs and the Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng.
26-year-old Kenyan Emmanuel Korir became Olympic champion in the 800 m in 1’45’06.
Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki is Olympic champion in hammer throw. Quentin Bigot came to seek a medal in Tokyo and finished fifth.
In track cycling, the French Coralie Demay and Rayan Helal respectively said goodbye to the female keirin and at the male individual speed, eliminated during the draft. Italy won gold in men’s team pursuit, world record at the end (3’42’032), thanks to a last monstrous stint from the rider of Ineos Grenadiers, Filippo Ganna. Denmark and Australia complete the podium.
Alaïs Kalonji qualified on Wednesday for the semi-finals of 10 m springboard dive. The semi-finals are scheduled for Thursday at 3 a.m. (Paris time), the final at 8 a.m.
Cuban Arlen Lopez was crowned Olympic champion of boxing in the medium-heavy category (81 kg).
Sakura Yosozumi, 19, became, on Wednesday in Tokyo, the first Olympic champion in women’s park, one of the two disciplines of the skateboard. She beat her compatriot Kokona Hiraki, 12 years, 11 months and 9 days, and Briton Sky Brown, 13 years and 28 days.
In canoe sprint, Maxime Beaumont (K1 200 m) and Manon Hostens (K1 500) qualified for the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday from 2:30 a.m. and 2:44 a.m. (Paris time) respectively.
In struggle, the last representative of the France team, Mathilde Rivière, was beaten as soon as she entered the competition in the under 57 kg tournament.
In horse riding, the French Nicolas Delmotte, on Urvoso du Roch, could not get a medal on Wednesday in the show jumping final, which he finished in the 12e square.
In synchronized swimming, the Tremble sisters finished at the 8e place of the final competition.
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To recover and win a medal, Kevin Mayer will play Thursday – from 2 a.m. and until 2:40 p.m. – the 110 m hurdles, the discus, the pole vault, the javelin and the 1,500 m.
After his feat against Poland in the quarter-finals, the French volleyball team will challenge Argentina in the semi-finals at 2 p.m. An Albiceleste that the Blues have already encountered in hens, with a short defeat (2-3).
They are expected at the turn to seek a fourth Olympic final in a row. The French handball players have an appointment with Egypt at 10 o’clock. A selection that the Blues have struggled to beat (31-30) in preparation. This is the first time that an African team is in the last four at the Games.
They have a major challenge to overcome. Undefeated so far, the Basketball blues have an appointment at 1 pm with a very strong opponent: Slovenia. Impressive against Germany in the quarter-finals, the Slovenes, who play their first Olympic Games, are led by their superstar Luka Doncic, author of 48 points in the pool against Argentina. The prodigy who plays for the Dallas Mavericks is undefeated with his selection, in 17 games.
In athletics, several finals where tricolors line up are on the program. the triple jump (4 hours) with Melvin Raffin, the 110 m hurdles with Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Aurel Manga (4 h 55).
The Games in a nutshell.
He first stopped his run up before returning to the end of the jumper to attempt the jump. But struck down in flight, Thomas Van der Plaetsen landed head first in the sand. Forced to give up, the Belgian decathlete was helped by an official to get up and left the competition in a wheelchair.
El Thomas van der Plaetsen from Bélgica got into a Decathlon Largo salto. https://t.co/WuwKIwDkoj
Van der Plaetsen suffers from a torn hamstring, a bruised knee and torn ligaments in his right foot. A new blow for the athlete who overcame testicular cancer, detected in 2014 after a doping control.
The Olympians at the microphone.
“The rugby and football teams are made up of good people, but some have clearly made bad choices, as young people do from time to time”
Australian National Olympic Committee chef de mission Ian Chesterman had to plead the youthful error argument to excuse the behavior of some athletes. At issue: Australian footballers and rugby players celebrated their return from the Games with a few extra drinks on a Japan Airlines plane. Refusal to wear masks, lack of respect for staff, excessive alcohol consumption, athlete vomiting in the toilet: these incidents will be the subject of an investigation by the federations.
“This behavior is clearly unacceptable and does not meet the standards set by this team”, the Australian committee said. While emphasizing that“They are a proud team that are behaving brilliantly after a very, very difficult preparation and the great, very large majority of them behaved superbly on and off the pitch. “
Snapshot of our special envoys.
If someone had told us a month ago that we would miss the metro, we would have laughed in the face of the impudent. Wrongly, undoubtedly. Because after fourteen days to the equivalent of dry bread and water – recourse to venerable shuttle buses and their strange convolutions, inability to go out for a walk – our fortnight has come to an end. As a symbol of freedom, a small piece of plastic, in credit card format. This sesame, issued by showing white paw (a passport proving that one has entered Japan for fourteen days) offers all fans of the Games access to the sprawling public transport network of the Tokyo megalopolis. Enough to cut travel times for the katana, and eliminate sentences of the type from conversations “Are you going to the canoe?” So if you arrive at the MTM before 8 am, the CM024 will take you there “. In fact, the metro is freedom!
Five members of the Greek artistic swimming team have tested positive for Covid-19, leading to isolation of all 12 people who make it up, organizers of the Tokyo Olympics announced. The swimmers had to give up the duo event on Wednesday, and are also forced to forfeit the rest of the Games. “Among the seven people who test negative, some have already been identified as contact cases while others are still under investigation. Faced with this situation, it was proposed (at the Greek Olympic Committee) to transfer them immediately (…) and the seven people left the village (…) last night ”, said the organizers in a statement.