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Olympic Games: France-Team USA, skateboarding, Vincent Luis ... An already hot first weekend in Tokyo

2021-07-23T15:58:31.681Z

The program promises to be tempting with in particular the debut of two new disciplines and the clash between the Blues and the United States in basketball.



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● The swimming pool is agitated

Certainly, in the eyes of some, it will only be a warm-up before the American tandem of Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel begins its hunt for gold medals.

However, this Saturday, the Olympic swimming pool will experience its first turmoil with a few series (live on France Televisions and Eurosport).

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Before awarding his first medals on Sunday with four finals on the program: those of the women's and men's 400m medley, the men's 400m freestyle and, a real highlight of the day, the 4 × 100m relay for the ladies (4:20 a.m., Paris time) with a royal plateau, in which the hexagonal relay led by Marie Wattel and Charlotte Bonnet will try to participate.

● The cradle of judo comes alive

If the Japanese have so far shown a certain detachment vis-à-vis the Olympics, there is no doubt that the start of the fighting in the mythical temple of Nippon Budokan should be a game-changer.

At least for a week, where judokas and local judokates will try to win the Grail.

In particular Sunday (semi-finals and finals from 11 am) with the prodigy Uta Abe - already double world champion at 21 - and her… brother Hifumi, also double world champion at 23 years old.

A sacred sibling on the same day in two different events, this is a great challenge, which the French Amandine Buchard and Guillaume Chaine will try to thwart.

● The tricolor basketball starts to dream

What if the Blues, led by their NBA headliners Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum and Evan Fournier, achieved the feat of defeating the Americans triple title holders to launch their tournament on Sunday (2 p.m.)?

Perspective is not a mission impossible.

Already because they have already done it in the quarterfinals of the 2019 World Cup (89-79).

Then, because the American banner turns out to be more withered than starry, between its two defeats in preparation, the very late arrival of the Booker-Middleton-Holiday trio selected by the NBA final and the return of Zach LaVine after his isolation for a positive test for Covid-19.

● New disciplines are awakening

If softball did not wait for the opening ceremony to celebrate its return to the Olympic program, skateboarding and surfing will discover a whole new world for them.

Two disciplines aimed at rejuvenating the public at the Games.

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Thus, on Sunday (from 5:25 a.m.), the men's street final will be held, which consists of a series of figures in an area reproducing street furniture and which could crown the American Nyjah Huston to the 4.7 million followers on Instagram.

The revolution underway.

● The triathlon avoids a heat stroke

While, on Friday, an archer felt unwell due to the high heat reigning in Tokyo (nearly 35 ° C), the organizers will launch the triathletes at dawn (6.30 a.m. in Japan on Monday, 23 h 30 Sunday evening in France). The men will open the ball, with a big favorite for the title: the French Vincent Luis. Double reigning world champion, the native of Vesoul is, at 32, at the peak of his art and will try to win the Olympic title which is missing from his record after 1.5 kilometers of swimming, 40 kilometers by bike and 10 kilometers of running.

Source: lefigaro

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