Very good omen for 76 days of the Tokyo Olympics.
The duo of skippers Kévin Peponnet-Jérémie Mion won the gold medal this Friday at the European Sailing Championships in 470. Just like Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz in the same category.
Let's start with the two Frenchwomen, who kept their title after their success acquired in 2019. Two months after a disappointing 4th place at the Worlds, already in Vilamoura (Portugal), this time they beat the British duo Hannah Mills-Eilidh McIntyre and the Swiss duo Linda Fahrni-Maja Siegenthaler.
In Rio, in 2016, Lecointre won bronze, then associated with Hélène Defrance, who has since ended her career.
This Friday, Jérémie Mion and Kévin Peponnet won in front of the Spaniards, Jordi Xammar-Nicolas Rodriguez.
🏆 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS 2021!
👏🏼 Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz
📷 • @SailingEnergy pic.twitter.com/ZB14aD0TV0
- FFVoile (@FFVoile) May 7, 2021
Sacred world champions in 2018, Kévin Peponnet and Jérémie Mion had never done better than bronze on the continental scene (2019).
At least both, together.
Because the Parisian of the team, Jérémie Mion, 31, had already won in 2013 and 2016 with another partner, Sofian Bouvet.
It was with him that he then participated in the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, where they had failed to a disappointing 7th place.
✨ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS ✨
📸 @SailingEnergy pic.twitter.com/dxzkJlTntZ
- Kévin Peponnet & Jérémie Mion - Tokyo 2020 (@Peponnet_Mion) May 7, 2021
The men's and women's events of 470 (a 4.70 m dinghy led by a coxswain and his teammate) will take place from July 28 to August 4, on the Enoshima lake in Tokyo (Japan).