May 13, 2022

the harvest continues in sailing, the flawless team sports, Mayer in chiaroscuro … The results of the day of the French

For the 12th day of the Tokyo Olympics, Wednesday August 4, France continued to increase its medal counter, which now stands at 25 units. In the morning, Aloïse Retornaz and Camille Lecointre went to grab the bronze in the 470 double dinghy. Other remarkable performances for the French delegation: the box full of team sports with the qualification for the semi-finals of the handball players of Olivier Krumbholz and the basketball players by Valérie Garnier.

Badly started at the start of the day, injured his back, Kevin Mayer resurfaced in the decathlon in the Tokyo night, thanks to a very good high jump event. He has, for the moment, a chance for a medal.

Sailing: the Retornaz-Lecointre duo on the third step of the podium

The silver medal stretched out its arms to them. Finally, they will be satisfied, with a certain pleasure, with bronze. Sixth in the Medal race in a 470 dinghy, Aloïse Retornaz and Camille Lecointre took third place in the general classification, after a week of fierce struggle on the Enoshima lake.

Their protest after the race, believing that the British, already assured of the gold medal, voluntarily played the game of the Poles by offering them on a plate the money (and the fourth place of the Medal race, two rows in front of the ‘tricolor boat), will ultimately not be retained. Not enough to taint the performance of the two French women in Japan. Camille Lecointre, already in bronze five years ago in Rio with Hélène Defrance, leaves with the same metal. Aloïse Retornaz, who is not professional, discovers herself an Olympic destiny at 27 years old. Before aiming higher in 2024 in Paris?

Basketball / handball: the Blue in the wake of the Blues

It is still too early to fully measure the performance of the French teams engaged in team sports at these Olympic Games. But, Wednesday, the qualifications for the semi-finals of basketball players and handball players once again fanned the flame. That of seeing an unprecedented full box, after the money already gleaned by women’s rugby sevens.

After the men of basketball, volleyball and hand, women have also fulfilled their mission to reach the last four. The players of Valérie Garnier fought to the end against the Spaniards but did not tremble (67-64). In the tradition of a very precious Marine Johannès in this quarter-final, her teammates were just as valuable in the “money time” against an opponent who does not often smile at Les Bleues.

A little earlier, in Saitama, it was Olivier Krumbholz’s players who had validated their ticket for the semi-finals. Authors of a full match and well helped by an Amandine Leynaud in fusion in the goals (51% of stoppages over the whole match), the French handball players crushed the Netherlands (32-22). Five years after their final lost in Rio, here they are again at the rendezvous with the best.

Decathlon: Kevin Mayer, a first day with contrary currents

We first saw him on the verge of tears when, after three events, he seemed to give up his medal ambitions in Tokyo. Suffering from a blocked back, Kevin Mayer let escape all his frustration, that of a body that lets go at the worst of times, during the Olympics.

A little later, his face was transformed. The anti-inflammatory drugs seemed to have taken effect when, in the high jump event, the world record holder in the decathlon took off to pass the bar set at 2.08 m. A bar that the French had not yet crossed since the 2017 season. Something to regain hope before the last day.

While it will be difficult to challenge Canadian Damian Warner for the win, Kevin Mayer, 5th after five events, remains a good distance from the podium (189 points behind another Canadian, Pierce Lepage). Especially since the 110 meter hurdles (2 hours, French time), the discus throw (2h50) or the pole vault (5:45) – which will be the big turning point of the competition – should, on paper, be him more auspicious Thursday.

Hammer throw: Quentin Bigot just behind the cracks

For his first Games, Messin will be able to boast of having been, as he confided after his hammer competition, “at his level”. That is to say, not far from the best in the world, who have all exceeded 80 meters.

With a better throw at 79.39 meters, the second best of his entire career, Quentin Bigot can leave Tokyo without regrets. And will come back stronger in three years in Paris, he promised.

Quentin Bigot misses the medal, 5th in the hammer final with a throw to 79.39 m.

110 meters hurdles: Manga and Martinot-Lagarde on time for the final

Two Habs will be in the starting blocks for the 110-meter hurdles final on Thursday at 4:55 am French time. Aurel Manga (13”24) and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (13”25) respectively signed the 5th and 6th times of the semi-finals, behind the best time set by the American Grant Holloway (13”13).

Fifth in Rio in 2016, “PML” once again entered the Olympic final after having, however, run very little this season. For Manga, the surprise is even greater: the hurdler equaled his personal best, set the day before during the playoffs. A good sign before going a little further on Thursday?

After Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Aurel Manga is the second French to reach the final of the 110m hurdles. The French equaled his personal best in 13'24'' and finished second in his series.

Climbing: Anouck Jaubert joins Mickaël Mawem in the final of the combined

As with the men with Mickaël Mawem – and after the withdrawal of his brother Bassa, injured in the biceps – there will be a French representative among the eight finalists in the Olympic combined, Friday August 6 (from 10 a.m. in France).

After the speed (2nd), bouldering (13th) and difficulty (15th) events, the French, double title holder in the speed world cup, validated the last ticket at the end of the suspense. However, it does not work for Julia Chanourdie, 13th in qualifying.

Beginning of the women's climbing event, Anouck Jaubert, our Frenchwoman, sets the second fastest time in speed (7.12). Julia Chanourdie is 8th with 8.17 for her best time!

Track cycling: in the repechage, Sébastien Vigier moved up to 8th

Sébastien Vigier qualified on Wednesday for the round of 16 of the individual speed track cycling tournament at the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for Thursday (8:54 am French time).

Bronze medalist the day before with the French speed team, Vigier first lost his round of 16 match against New Zealander Sam Webster, but he made up for it by winning in the repechage against Surinamese Jai Tjon En Fa. He will be opposed in the round of 16 to Briton Jack Carlin.

The French Sébastien Vigier won in the repechage to win his ticket to the round of 16 in individual speed.