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JO: Ledecky, Van Aert, Durant ... five reasons to wake up in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday

2021-07-27T17:37:29.599Z

Swimming, road cycling (with the times), basketball or judo, there is no shortage of appointments this Wednesday in Japan.



Special envoy to Tokyo

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  • The full Olympic program

  • The Olympic medal table

Road cycling, time trial (women at 4.30 a.m.; men at 7 a.m.)

Rémi Cavagna, discreet during the road race (forced to retire), was scheduled for the time trial. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, who did not take part in the Tour de France, arrived in Japan early. He had time to acclimatize. “

The Olympics are one of my goals for the season, it was important for me to acclimatize myself, especially for the heat which was my fear. I prepared myself, I worked well. It is not a flat stopwatch (around the Fuji race track), there will be surprises, it may not be a pure racer who will win.

»Among the favorites are the Belgians Van Aert (silver medalist in the road race, after a Tour in which he did everything well with 3 stage victories, the stage of the double ascent of Ventoux, the counter- the Saint-Emilion watch and the Champs-Élysées sprint) and Evenepoel, the Italian Ganna and the Australian Dennis.

Juliette Labous will defend the French colors in the women's event.

Read also: All the results

Swimming, 200m (3h41) and 1500m women (4h54)

Ledecky's big gap.

Beaten in the 400m freestyle by Australian Ariarne Titmus, Katie Ledecky (5 gold medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016) is attacking her longest day at the Tokyo Olympics.

The American is aiming for the title over 200m and 1,500m.

Two events calling for very different qualities and which he will have to follow in an hour.

An XXL challenge.

Sailing, 470 women (7:50)

The French sailing team had performed well in Rio de Janeiro (3 medals, including 1 gold).

She hopes to shine in Tokyo.

Among his trump cards, the 470 women with the duo Camille Lecointre-Aloïse Retornaz.

Composed in 2018, the tandem quickly chained the results (in particular European champions 2019 and 2021).

The French will compete this Wednesday for the first two regattas (the medal round being scheduled for August 4).

A generous program on a body of water where the vagaries of the weather are regularly invited.

Basketball, USA-Iran (6:40 a.m.)

Defeated at the outset by France (83-76), Greeg Popovich's Team USA, annoyed, goes against Iran (the weakest team in Group A) to want to show a completely different face.

If Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Zachary LaVine or Jrue Holiday, limited to 36% at the shoot, did not seek excuses (late arrivals in Japan, contact case ...) after the failed entry, like the coach from San Antonio, they will try to send a message to their rivals (after a preparation phase already marked by two defeats).

The French will play their second match, against the Czech Republic at 2pm.

To read also: The program of the day

Judo, -70kg women and -90kg men (4h00)

With already four medals on the clock, including the title of Clarisse Agbégnénou on Tuesday, French judo has achieved a tremendous harvest so far at the Budokan.

This Wednesday, a 5th could come again on the women's side with Margaux Pinot who snatched her ticket against Marie-Eve Gahié, world number 2 while she herself is number 4. But during the last European Championships, Pinot finished 2nd while Gahié missed it.

"

A problem for the rich

" according to Larbi Benboudaoud, the coach of this women's team.

In men, Axel Clerget has the potential to step on the podium, but multiple physical problems have prevented him from giving the full measure of his talent in recent months.

But if he's 100% ...

Olympic Games: all the French medalists in pictures

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Source: lefigaro

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