And two that make five!
Even if, like this weekend, it was allowed to dream bigger, higher, stronger, France continued Monday to widen the gap on its times of passage of five years ago in Rio, when it had only a small medal after three days of competition.
Bodes well for a Tuesday that could (should?) Be prolific.
The full Olympic program
The Olympic medal table
Judo continues its harvest
The discipline dear to Teddy Riner was eagerly awaited to inflate, in the first week, the number of French medals. So far, she does not disappoint. After Luka Mkheidze's bronze on Saturday, then Amandine Buchard's silver on Sunday, it was Sarah-Léonie Cysique's turn on Monday to take the second step of the podium. A magnificent performance for this 23-year-old young woman, who was discovering the Olympic universe in Tokyo, in the intimidating temple of Nippon Budokan. However, she did not hide her sadness at having lost in the final on a disqualification that she deemed to be
for a gesture considered dangerous by the refereeing body.
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But her overall handling of the event and her semi-final victory over reigning Canadian world champion Jessica Klimkait should quickly make her see the glass half full.
Scheduled for 2024, Cysique has taken three years in advance, which can still be used.
As for hexagonal judo, it is now only waiting for gold.
That's good, on the night of Monday to Tuesday (3 a.m.), it was the turn of the flag bearer and five-time world champion Clarisse Agbegnenou to enter the running (semi-final and final from 10 a.m.) .
Manon Brunet "took off the label from Rio"
Five years ago, when she was only 20 years old, the sabreuse had experienced a cruel scenario during the Rio Games. While she was only one touch away from the final, which she even thought for a moment to have taken before the video refereeing decided otherwise, she ended up losing, before also losing the match for 3rd place and finish at the foot of the podium. Since then, she had only one desire:
"to take off that 4th
which stuck to her saber. Except that the ghost carioca was to torment her one last time, after her defeat in the semifinals at the end of a poorly controlled match against the Russian athlete Sofia Pozdniakova (10 touches to 15). A ghost so disturbing that she even confided that she did not want to return to the track.
"I thought I was not able to fight for this bronze medal a second time",
she confided then.
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But the support of her relatives and her boyfriend by phone allowed her to re-mobilize and, at the end of a one-sided duel against the Hungarian Anna Marton, crushed 15 keys to 6, to finally climb on this podium for adorn oneself with bronze.
A second medal for fencing, just to digest the disappointment of having seen Enzo Lefort, 2019 world champion in foil, stop in the quarter-finals.
American Katie Ledecky won't be a hit
While aiming for five Olympic titles in Tokyo, Katie Ledecky stumbled on the top step, the 400m freestyle. Blame it on a certain Ariarne Titmus, who had already beaten the American in the 2019 Worlds final over the same distance. This Monday, the Australian, although less well off, achieved an extraordinary end of the race to win and even threaten the world record belonging to… Ledecky (3'56''69 against 3'56''46) .
The silver medal around her neck, she still wanted to be positive:
“I think I swam a great race, it's my best time for five years. I don't have to be disappointed
On the other hand, if Ledecky will not make the perfect Games, his compatriot Caeleb Dressel can still do it: he won in the 4 x 100 m relay in 3'8''97, far ahead of the Italians (3 '10''11) and the Australians (3'10''22). In Tokyo, Dressel is still aiming for the 100m, 100m butterfly and 50m titles, and the 4 x 100m medley and 4 x 100m medley mixed.