It's done: the French men's handball team qualified this Sunday evening in Montpellier for the Tokyo Olympics.
This ticket is in the pocket, stamped, validated despite a surprising defeat against Portugal (28-29) which also qualifies at the expense of Croatia.
To go to Japan, Guillaume Gille's team had to make a final effort this Sunday in the third and final match of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (TQO).
To avoid apothecary accounts, she was allowed to lose by less than 7 goals.
Breathless after this insane three-day marathon for organizations, the Blues were feverish despite an ideal start to the match.
They only lost by one goal in the last second and therefore qualified.
If they want to go far in Japan, and aim for a new medal, Guillaume Gille's players will have to be more consistent and regular.
They will also have to scare each other less, scare us less by showing more certainty and consistency.
But they have a few months to think about it all and correct the flaws they already know.
The great happiness of the evening is for Portugal who had to win to go for the first time in its history to the Games.
The Portuguese achieved this feat by being courageous and for their goalkeeper Alfredo Quintana who died a month ago, this qualification is priceless.