They thought they had discovered what infinite distress was a few hours earlier in the semi-final lost to the United States.
They didn't know yet that it was almost a delight next to the pain that split their hearts and bodies when the gong broke their eardrums.
For its first participation in the Olympic Games, the French 3 x 3 basketball team failed in its quest for a medal, leaving the last one it could take, the bronze one, to the impressive Chinese (16-14).
Despite his quartet composed of the best in the world ranking, this incredible energy deployed on the ground and the freshness wandered outside, Laetitia Guapo, Ana Filip, Migna Touré and Marie-Eve Paget were not rewarded for anything. “This morning, we were where we wanted to be, MEP breathes his voice choked by sobs, unfortunately this evening we have nothing that we expected. It's sport… Even if what we saw this afternoon in the semi-finals, it is not. When we get robbed, we want to show the world that we have been the victim of an injustice. We were, unfortunately, we did not obtain redress. "
Dry by this failure that a questionable arbitration decision has a little more gangrenous, the Bleues had nevertheless managed to rebuild themselves in the space of a few hours to come to contest the bronze to the reigning world champions supported by the former star of the Rockets , Yao Ming (2.29 m).
"It galvanized us, we had the rage," Paget continues.
We played a lot, but we also made a few mistakes, like my pass at the end of the match (Editor's note: the last possession which would have allowed, perhaps, to equalize).
But when you have 10 games in the leg, it's normal to make mistakes.
The head (already) to revenge in Paris
Overwhelmed, like her partners, Ana Filip nevertheless tried to put on a good face.
“I don't want us to have any regrets,” says the captain.
We tried to give the best of ourselves and we did what we could at the moment T. We can always ask ourselves why we did not do this, why we do that, but it is not useful to nothing.
We know that sport is like that, you have to live with it.
It's just super complicated to be fourth.
An adventure 𝗼𝗹𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲 which ends at the foot of the podium.
But what a great first for the 3X3 at the @jeuxolympiques 🤩
Bravo and thank you for these emotions @ amfilip11, Laetitia Guapo, @MarieevePaget & @Lokossoo 💙 # 3x3 #Basketball # Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/qbeEcWqx9h
- 3x3 FFBB (@ 3x3Ffbb) July 28, 2021
The Habs know it, they let their chance to be the first ever to pass.
Not that of being next.
They who, thanks to the show side of their discipline, have seduced the whole of France "are a little consoled for having been able to show the world that 3 x 3 had its place at the Games", says Ana Filip.
“Above all, we miss this Olympic title, enraged Laetitia Guapo.
The European and World Championships take place every year.
Not the Games.
I'm already thirsty for revenge.
Now the goal is Paris!