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Olympic Games: the bronze of Luka Mkheidze, the qualification of Samir Aït Saïd and Léon Marchand ... It was this Saturday, July 24 in Tokyo


First mixed day for the French team, with in particular the elimination of the swimmers in the 4x100 m freestyle relay or the pair

This is the beautiful story of the day for the French clan.

At 25, for his first Olympic Games, Luka Mkheidze captured the bronze medal in the under 60 kg category.

Satisfaction for French judo, affected earlier in the day by the elimination of young Shirine Boukli in the first round in the under 48 kg category.

Various fortunes for the rest of the French Olympic team, including the elimination of the French relay runners in the 4x100m freestyle and their compatriot Fantine Lesaffre in the 400m medley.

On the other hand, it goes for Léon Marchand or for the gymnast and flag bearer Samir Aït Saïd, qualified for the final of the rings.

We will summarize for you what happened during this first day of competitions in Tokyo.

Tears and pride

Luka Mkheidze should not have been on the trip to Tokyo.

"I took advantage of the postponement of the Games," he told the microphone of France Televisions, full of emotions, a few minutes after winning an unexpected bronze medal in the under 60 kg category.

After an ideal morning, where he notably eliminated the Spaniard Francisco Garrigos, reigning European champion, the French ended up giving in in the semifinals, against Taiwanese Yang Yung Wei.

His last fight against South Korean Kim Won-Jin, finished with a golden score, finally opened the doors to the podium.

🥇🥈🥉 The first podium at # Tokyo2020 with a Frenchman.

Luka Mkheidze, on the 3rd step of the podium, relishes the moment, as does Takato Naohisa who hears the Japanese anthem blaring.

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- France tv sport (@francetvsport) July 24, 2021

They assured

Less than 24 hours after leading the French delegation to the opening ceremony, gymnast Samir Aït Saïd brilliantly qualified for the rings final, his favorite apparatus.

With a total of 15.066 points, he takes third place in the competition and can legitimately aim at a minimum, a podium.

A great revenge, five years after his terrible injury at the Rio Games.

🇫🇷 The French flag bearer Samir Aït-Saïd performs a superb performance which sends him to the final!

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- France tv sport (@francetvsport) July 24, 2021

In swimming, the young Léon Marchand, 19, also ensured his qualification in the final of the 400m medley.

Seventh time in the heats, in 4′10 ″ 09, it will be to follow tonight, at 3:30.

The Toulousain could create a surprise and get on the podium, especially since the Japanese Daiya Seto, big favorite and reigning world champion was eliminated in the playoffs.

It also goes for Marie Wattel in the 100m butterfly heats.

Second in her series in 57 ″ 08, the reigning European champion signs the eighth fastest time and advances to the semi-finals.

They disappointed

The Bleues in the 4 x 100 m freestyle relay could legitimately hope for a place in the final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Very close to the top 3 of their series during the first part of the race, following the relay of Béryl Gastaldello and Charlotte Bonnet, they finally finished in 5th place.

It is also over for Fantine Lesaffre in the 400m medley, 13th in the heats.

Presidential support for 3 x 3 basketball players

Present during the opening ceremony, Emmanuel Macron wanted to support the players of 3 x 3 basketball this Saturday, during and after their meeting against the United States.

Despite the defeat (17-10), the Blue were able to exchange a few words with the president.

“It's really cool that he took the time to congratulate us and encourage us.

We really appreciated it because I think his timing was super tight, ”said Marie-Eve Paget.

The basketball players then won 19-16 against Italy in their second group match.

The volleyball players slapped at the entrance

Medal contenders in this Olympic tournament, the men of Laurent Tillie, who is starting his last competition at the head of the workforce, were defeated from the start, 3 sets to 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25- 20) against the United States.

Dominated without dispute throughout the match, the Blues ended up leading by one point at the start of the third set but were never able to worry the Americans.

Next scheduled meeting against Tunisia, Monday July 26 at 9:25 am Paris time.

🇫🇷 ⚡ 🇺🇸 Thunderbolt for the French men's volleyball team.

The Blues bow sharply to the USA at the opening of their tournament (3-0).

Ngapeth and his partners will have to rule from Tuesday against Tunisia (9:25) # Tokyo2020

- France tv sport (@francetvsport) July 24, 2021

The disappointments of the night

The Games did not start in the best possible way for the Blues.

Starting with the elimination of the pair of doubles composed of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Seeded No. 2 in this Olympic tournament, the winners of the last tournament at Roland Garros were sharply beaten by the British Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury, 6-3, 6-2.

The other French duo, made up of Jérémy Chardy and Gaël Monfils, overturned the Kazakhs Bublik and Golubev (6-7, 7-6, 10-8).

Note also the delicate introduction to the fencers.

Bolade Apithy, 6th in the world, was eliminated in the first round by Iranian Mohammad Rahbari (15-13) in the individual saber tournament.

Same results for her compatriot Coraline Vitalis with the sword.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-07-24

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