lost mom, “demons in the head” and collective taxis

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She had been waiting for her revenge for five years. Clarisse Agbegnenou finally won Olympic gold in judo. In the under 63 kg final, the Frenchwoman dominated her eternal rival, Tina Trstenjak. In Rio in 2016, the Slovenian had nailed to the ground and then immobilized the French. The five-time world champion took her time to launch a decisive movement and inflict a waza-ari after 37 seconds in the “golden score”. At 27, Agbegnenou is already a legend in judo.

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Althea Laurin It is still only at the beginning of his career for his part. Scheduled for Paris 2024, the 19 year old French already burned a step by winning bronze in taekwondo in the over 67 kg. “I am delighted but I came to get the gold”, said the young woman after her last fight. Appointment is made in three years.

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In mountain biking, it is not only Mathieu Van der Poel who suffered bumps in the head during these Games. French cycling returned empty-handed from the Izu circuit for both men and women. Ultra-domineering in the World Cup, the young (21 years old) Loana Lecomte was overtaken by the pressure of the event (6e). Pauline Ferrand-Prévôt had the 10e bitter place and accused the winner of the day, the Swiss Jolanda Neff, of having caused her downfall in the first lap. Not very Coubertin in the spirit.

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The flame has already gone out for Naomi Osaka. The Japanese came out of the tennis tournament, dominated by the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (6-1, 6-4), in the round of 16.

In three-on-three basketball, the French go to the semi-finals after their victory against Japan (16-14). Next opponent: the United States, Wednesday.

He fled Iran in 2019, after being forced to refuse to face an Israeli judoka, Saeid Mollaei now represents Mongolia and won a silver medal in the under 81 kg category.

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Olympic champion in the 400m, Australian Ariarne Titmus will also be aiming for gold in the 200m this Wednesday, July 28 in Tokyo.

On the Olympic basin of Sea Forest, Matthew Androdias and Hugo boucheron can bring French rowing its first medal in Tokyo. Dominator in the series and in the semi-finals, the duo are favorites in pairs, but the Dutch are also sacred clients for gold. To be continued from 2:30 a.m. (Paris time).

In the Tokyo Basin, the morning’s event will be the women’s 200m freestyle final. The American Katie Ledecky challenge the Australian Ariarne Titmus, his executioner on the 400 m.

In judo, France has wealth problems among women. Preferred over Marie-Eve Gahié (2019 world champion), Margaux Pinot is a candidate for the podium in less than 70 kg (first fight at 5:44 a.m.). Axel clerget hopes to create a surprise in the very tough category of less than 90 kg (from 5:05 am).

After Richard Carapaz’s victory in the road race, it’s time for the riders with the cycling time trial. The favorites are called Stefan Kung, Wout Van Aert and Filippo Ganna but the Frenchman Remi Cavagna has some references in the discipline and the demanding circuit is tailored for him (7 hours).

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In volleyball, Earvin Ngapeth and his partners face the tough Argentina in a meeting already decisive in the perspective of qualification for the quarter-finals.

Quarterbacks are also the goal of the Blues of football. Miraculous winners of South Africa (4-3), the French must beat Japan (1:30 p.m.), and probably by two goals in the event of a (probable) victory for Mexico against the South Africans.

After their exploit against the United States at the opening of the basketball, the French can also validate their ticket for the quarters in case of victory against the Czechs (2 pm).

The Games in one animated shot.

Stupor and tremors at the Ariake gymnastics center. During the team competition, Simone Biles missed her reception on vault which, in the memory of specialists, never happens. The sign of an unusual feverishness in the American? The four-time Olympic champion subsequently left this competition (replaced by Jordan Chiles). Deprived of their star, the United States took second place behind the Russian team.

Simone Biles fouls the landing of her jump during the team gymnastics competition on July 27, 2021, in Tokyo.

The 24-year-old gymnast, who theoretically still has five finals to play at these Games, said she no longer has ” as much confidence in [elle] than before ”. She explained having “Decided to take a step back and let the other girls do the job”, in order to “Do not compromise [sa] health and [son] well-being ”.

“As soon as I step on the mat, it’s just me and my head… Dealing with demons in my head (…) I have to do what’s right for me (…) I want to focus on my well-being, there is more to life than the gym. It’s a shame that this is happening here during the Games. I would have preferred the Games to have gone better for me, but I’m going to take day after day and see how it goes. “

The Olympians at the microphone.

“We don’t know anything about judo, so when we see it on the ground we don’t know who won or who lost”

The mother of Clarisse Agbegnenou vibrates for the exploits of her daughter, but admits not knowing everything about the subtleties of this martial art. Between an osae-komi, a waza-ari or a hansoku-make, Pauline Agbegnenou is a bit lost. Asked by RMC, Mme Agbegnenou also praised the determination of his champion girl. “Clarisse I congratulate her, she worked for. To want is to can. She wanted this medal, she got it, so I take my hat off to her. “

Snapshots from our special envoys.

“Where are you going tomorrow?” “ In Tokyo, the ballet of shuttles for accredited journalists was followed by that of informal negotiations. The organizers of the competition have bet on the use of the sprawling public transport network of the Tokyo megalopolis. And they found themselves very upset when the Covid-19 came, and it was necessary to isolate the Japanese population from the hordes of journalists and other followers disembarked during the Olympics. To solve the problem, they improvised a system of shuttles, calling in passing the ban and the backbench of everything that is done in the matter of coaches in Japan.

And here are your special envoys who connect the shuttles from the hotel to the “MTM” (or “Media Transport Mall”), then to the various competition venues. After a few days of competitions, these envoys measure the time lost in waiting for a shuttle when leaving another. So they try to take shortcuts.

And since walking in the city is forbidden for them for the first 14 days of their stay (otherwise, a volunteer will run after you), a real system of “Collectivos”, these South American collective taxis, improvise between journalists going to cover the same places. This sometimes leads to improvised viewing sequences of another competition, returning from a distant site.

“Yes, I swear to you, the French women are in the semi-finals of 3x3 basketball!
  • Covidometer: The Dutch denounce their isolation

The Dutch Olympic organization denounced the conditions of isolation on Tuesday “Unacceptable” of the six members of his delegation who tested positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo. Contaminated athletes are locked in very small parts that they cannot ventilate and do not see the light of day, lamented NOC-NSF, a merger of the Dutch Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Dutch Sports Federation (NSF).

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