two more clearings for France, a sun for Van der Poel – Liberation

Tokyo Olympic Games 2021dossier

Medals, shouts or disappointments of this Monday, July 26 in Tokyo. And what to watch for Tuesday, July 27.

The performances of the day

Judo. A silver medal is a performance. For Sarah-Léonie Cysique, however, it has a bitter taste. The Frenchwoman was beaten in the final against the Kosovar Nora Gjakova on an arbitration decision for leaning on her head. “It’s frustrating, I would have preferred that she put me a box [un ippon, ndlr]. I find that a little unfair ”, she reacted on France Television. Yet it is the best performance of his young career, and the third medal won by the French judo team in Tokyo after Luka Mkheidze (bronze) on Saturday and Amandine Buchard (silver) on Sunday. Read the article from our judo specialist.

Fencing. In Rio five years ago, she had failed at the foot of the podium. This year, Manon Brunet went to get her, her bronze medal. A first for the French women’s saber at the Olympic Games. Her joy mixed with tears at the end of the fight leaves no room for doubt as to the nature of her feelings. His medal is the second paid by the fencers in the purse of the French delegation after the gold of Romain Cannone on Sunday. The fifth for the French delegation. Read the article of our special correspondent.

Swimming. In the Olympic basin, Australian Ariarne Titmus dethroned Queen Katie Ledecky after a high-intensity 400m final. Sprint star Caeleb Dressel pocketed the first of six titles he is aiming for in Tokyo as soon as he entered the competition with the American 4x100m relay. Read our story.

Skateboard. What were you doing when you were 13? Momiji Nishiya is an Olympic champion. The young Japanese woman won gold in street skateboarding on Monday, one of the two events of this discipline, newly included in the Olympic program to rejuvenate the audience of the Games. Average age of the podium: 14 years old. Read our story.


Handball. Second group match at Yoyogi Stadium and second victory for the French handball players, well on their way to reach the quarter-finals. After taking the measure of Argentina on Saturday (33-27), Nikola Karabatic and his teammates confirmed Monday against Brazil, an opponent with superior references (34-29). Germany awaits them on Wednesday, then in order: Spain and Norway. To take their quarter, they will need to be in the top four of their group of six.


Swimming. Swimmer Marie Wattel arrived in Tokyo with ambitions and references (European champion in the 100m butterfly, her favorite distance). In the semi-final, she improved her French record and came closer to it in the final. Insufficient, however. Third after the first pitch, she struggled in the final meters to take sixth place in a race won by Canadian Margaret MacNeil. “Sixth, for me, it’s anecdotal, it’s podium or nothing. Of course I would have liked to do one, but there was a lot of learning », assured the 24-year-old swimmer, who already gives an appointment in 2024 in Paris. Read our meeting with Marie Wattel.

Triathlon. The disillusionment is enormous for Vincent Luis, who dreamed of offering France a first podium in this sport registered on the Olympic program since the Sydney Games in 2000. The double French world champion missed his race, finishing in 13th place, far behind the Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt. At 32, he was betting a lot on the Tokyo Games after his failures in London in 2012 (11th) and Rio in 2016 (7th). He will have a second chance on Saturday with the mixed relay.

Mountain biking. Stage winner and wearing the yellow jersey in the first week of the Tour de France, Mathieu Van der Poel was chasing gold. Spectacular sunshine from the first round deprived Raymond Poulidor’s grandson of his Olympic dream. The physically marked Dutchman retired at the end of the 5th lap. The title went to the very young Briton Thomas Pidcock. The first Frenchman, Victor Koretzky, takes 5th place.

Program in Tokyo: it’s already tomorrow

Judo. Clarisse Agbegnenou, five-time world champion, will try Tuesday to get Olympic gold which is lacking in her record. Aligned in the -63 kg category, the flag bearer of the French delegation, with gymnast Samir Aït-Saïd, is expected at Nippon Budokan from 4 a.m. French time.

Mountain biking. Loana Lecomte, who won the four World Cup races this season, and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, will start at 8 am on the Izu course. Read our portrait of Loana Lecomte, the athlete in the handlebars.

Gymnastic. Simone Biles, the most successful gymnast in history, will seek her first gold medal in the all-around team competition. But it is the individual all-around, scheduled for Thursday, which focuses attention: the American could become the first double Olympic gold medalist in this event since the Czechoslovakian Vera Caslavska (in 1964 in Tokyo and 1968 in Mexico).

The sides

A cluster … of Olympic marriage proposals. A German footballer and the coach of an Argentinian fencer took advantage of the cameras on Monday to take the plunge.

Amandine Buchard, the silver medal and privacy. The tricolor judoka, defeated by the Japanese Uta Abe in the final on Sunday, returned on Monday on social networks to the remarks concerning her past relationship with a German colleague.

Two judokas forfeit rather than face an Israeli opponent. After the withdrawal of the Algerian Fethi Nourine on Saturday, the Sudanese Mohamed Abdalrasool did not appear in the fight against the Israeli sportsman Tohar Butbul, this Monday, in the 32nd final in the -73kg category.

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