Tokyo Olympics: the French on fire, Humbert and Chardy eliminated … what happened this Thursday

While waiting for the big day of Teddy Riner, in search of a third Olympic title on Friday, France was adorned with silver on Thursday. At least the French, who won three new medals in rowing, fencing and judo. Which brings the total of the tricolor harvest to eleven.

Here is what to remember from this sixth day of competition in Tokyo.

Money that laughs

This is the first Olympic podium for a tricolor women’s boat since 1996. Parties with the status of outsiders after finishing second in their semi-final the day before, Claire Bové and Laura Tarantola had no complex in the final against the Italian, Dutch and British. At the end of an indecisive final until the end, they won the money thanks to a breathtaking packaging.

With two medals, including a title thanks to Matthieu Androdias and Hugo Boucheron, won two pairs on Wednesday, on five boats engaged, French rowing won its Olympics.

Crying money

Madeleine Malonga had to settle for 2nd place a little later in the day. After a perfect start to the tournament, she fell in the final into the trap of the Japanese Shori Hamada, who immobilized her on ippon in less than a minute. The judo girls won their third silver medal against a single gold medal for, the one won on Tuesday by Queen Agbégnénou.

“I’m going to take a few days of vacation and ease off a bit. But not too long. Anyway, after that I miss it, I don’t know what else to do, ”said Malonga, long inconsolable. “So I will start training again and I will try to smack everything in 2024.”

And shining silver

Fencing continues its good week. The women’s foil team, made up of Ysaora Thibus, Anita Blaze, Pauline Ranvier and Astrid Guyart, was severely beaten in the final in Chiba by Russia 45 to 34. But we will remember its memorable journey, and in particular this crazy comeback in semi-final against Italy.

After Romain Cannone’s gold on Sunday in épée and bronze on Monday at Manon Brunet’s saber, the French fencing team has already equaled its Rio 2016 harvest as well as its performance at the Montreal Games in 1976. The women’s foil had not been on an Olympic podium since 1984.

Picon will know the color of the metal on Saturday

Charline Picon obviously dreams of gold and a magnificent double four years after Rio. In the meantime, the windsurfer is certain to win a medal on Saturday for the final race. ” It is enormous ! I’m now playing for gold, 6 points behind the Chinese, ”burst out with joy the Charentaise, who had taken a break after Rio to give birth to her first child, Lou.

Handball players are still worried

A narrow inaugural victory, a logical defeat and now a draw… The players of Olivier Krumbholz, in search of Tokyo for the only title they lack, stumbled in the afternoon on Sweden (28-28).

Grace Zaadi Deuna had the opportunity to give the victory to hers but she missed her penalty attempt after regulation time. Russia will have to be beaten on Saturday and Brazil on Monday to get out of Pool B.

Les Bleues have two games to raise their heads. Martin BERNETTI / AFP MARTIN BERNETTI

Finished for Humbert and Chardy

There are no longer any French tennis players in contention in Tokyo. Jérémy Chardy and Hugo Humbert both failed at the gates of the last square. The first (68th ATP) failed to create a surprise against German number five Alexander Zverev (6-4, 6-1). As for the revelation of the year Humbert, the physique did not hold after several extended games. He lost to the Russian competing under the neutral banner Karen Khachanov (7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3).

The two semi-finals will pit Zverev against Djokovic and Khachanov against Carreno Busta, who defeated Russian Medvedev.

Simone Biles attended the coronation of Sunisa Lee

The 24-year-old American gymnast was to be THE star of the prestigious all-around competition, which she won in Rio, one of her four Olympic 2016 titles, but the American forfeited, exhausted by the pressure and prey to his “demons”. She still followed the explanations between her compatriots and the Russians in the stands. It was Sunisa Lee who, at 18 and in her first Olympics, won this Olympic title, ahead of the Brazilian Rebeca Andrade and the Russian Angelina Melnikova.

The French have disappointed. Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos, European champion on the beam in the spring, finished 11th and Carolann Heduit 12th.

Grousset, 4th in the 100m, really got big

That night, for his first Olympic final at 22, Maxime Grousset was quite up to the event: the Caledonian finished fourth in 47’72 in the 100m freestyle, behind the star of the pools. Caeleb Dressel. “It was already a kid’s dream to make a final, so being in the top four… I’m super proud of myself,” said Grousset, whose personal best was lowered by more than a second in two months and who is engaged – like Florent Manaudou – over 50m from Friday evening.

In the women’s 100m final on Friday morning, however, there will be no French presence: he missed a hundredth to Marie Wattel, despite a personal best improved by two tenths (53.12), to be part of the party.

And also

– Yet 31st in the world, the young Marjorie Delassus finished 4th in the women’s canoe final. A sacred performance, hailed by the Australian Jessica Fox, Olympic champion and licensed in Marseille.

– The American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, titled in 2016, must give up the double. Tested positive for Covid-19, he was one of the favorites with Armand Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie.

– The French rugby sevens won their first two group matches against Fiji (12-5) then against Brazil (40-5). They are therefore qualified for the shifts, scheduled tomorrow between 10h and 12h.

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