Another mixed day in Tokyo for the French delegation. At the end of the fourth day of events, Tuesday July 27, France was able to count on its flag bearer Clarisse Agbégnénou, crowned in -63 kg, and on his young nugget Althéa Laurin in taekwondo, bronze medalist, for inflate his meter. On the other hand, big disappointment on the side of mountain biking or women’s 5×5 basketball.
Judo: Clarisse Agbégnénou, queen among queens
She filled in the last line. The one that still escaped his record. The queen of the under 63 kg and five-time world champion, Clarisse Agbégnénou, succeeded in her mission by winning Olympic gold in Tokyo.
Five years after his silver medal against the Slovenian Tina Trstenjak, the French judokate has offered herself the most beautiful revenge to enter, a little more, in the pantheon of her sport. “Finally! (…) I finally have this medal! I do not believe it … I was on a mission, to get this gold medal was not easy. words !”, she rejoiced at the exit of the tatami.
Taekwondo: Althéa Laurin, uninhibited youth
19 years old and already an Olympic medalist. Even if she dreamed of gold, Althéa Laurin won a beautiful bronze medal in the +67 kg category. “I came for the gold medal but I’m going to be satisfied with that and be happy, she reacted after her victory against the Ivorian Aminata Charlène Traoré. It’s rare to get a medal at my age. “ She succeeds Haby Niaré (silver medalist in 2016), Anne-Caroline Graffe (silver medalist in 2012) and Gwladys Epangue (bronze medalist in 2008) in the French pantheon of the discipline. “It’s an honor to follow in his footsteps, said Althéa Laurin of Gwladys Epangue. She’s a very inspiring person, she found the words to re-motivate me after the disappointment of the semi-final. “
Basketball: the Blue 3×3 in the semi-finals, the 5×5 starts badly
Two matches against Japan, two very different results for French basketball players. In 3×3, the Bleues dismissed the host of the competition in the quarterfinals (16-14) to afford a dream semi-final against the United States (Wednesday July 28 at 10am). On the 5×5 side, Sandrine Gruda and her teammates started their tournament with a defeat (70-74) against the Japanese. To aim for the quarterfinals, the Blue will have to win against Nigeria (Friday, July 30, 10:20 a.m.) and then achieve the feat against the United States (Monday, August 2, 6:40 a.m.).
Mountain biking: Lecomte and Ferrand-Prévot miss the boat
Medal hopes were high heading into the women’s cross country mountain biking event. With Loana Lecomte and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, the title or a podium seemed within the reach of the French delegation. But the duo finally suffered the law of the Swiss, arrived at the first three positions. In the fight for first place, “PFP” crashed after eleven minutes of racing, leaving Jolanda Neff to race for victory. In the mentally and physically tough, she finally finished in 10th place.
For her first Olympic Games, Loana Lecomte climbed to 6th place. A ranking that satisfies the 21-year-old sportswoman. “A top 10 for my first Games, it’s great, she explained. I did with the form of the day. I am happy to be here and to have finished. It’s a dream to participate in the Games, it’s exceptional to be able to run despite the pandemic. I am happy with my race and have no regrets. I will gain experience, I hope I will improve. ” Appointment is made in Paris.
Handball: the Blue lose against Spain
Stop for the French handball players. Victorious against Hungary on Sunday, they followed with a setback against Spain (25-28). Despite a good start to the match, the Blues lost their skill over the course of the match, giving the Spaniards the opportunity to take the advantage. The gap made, they have not managed to come back to height. Next opponent: Sweden, Thursday July 29 at 2:30 p.m. It will then be necessary to face the athletes of the Olympic Committee of Russia (Saturday) then Brazil (Monday).
Tchakounté at the foot of the podium in weightlifting, Léonie Périault 5th in the triathlon, the gymnasts 6th
One kilo is all that Dora Tchakounté will have lacked to land an Olympic podium. The tricolor weightlifter finished 4th in the -59 kg category, with 213 kg lifted (96 in the snatch, 117 in the clean and jerk). The Japanese Mikiko Andoh did better by a small kilo (94 in the snatch, 120 in the clean and jerk). Just enough to clinch bronze.
In the triathlon, Léonie Périault finished in 5th place after almost two hours of effort (1h57 “49 ‘). A superb final in running allowed him to go from 13th to 5th place but it didn’t not enough to reach the podium, for just 46 seconds.
Melanie de Jesus dos Santos, Aline Friess, Carolann Héduit and Marine Boyer dreamed of a medal in gymnastics but the competition was tough. The Blue got off to a good start on the uneven bars but the next rotation on the beam took them away from the podium. A delay that could not fill the passage on the ground. They finished on a very good note, with the second best score in vault, behind the untouchable athletes of the Olympic Committee of Russia (ROC). Sixth, the best result in the history of the Blue, they will have missed less than one point to afford the bronze (163.264 against 164.096 for Great Britain).