Gold, silver and bronze: the weekend started this Saturday with a magnificent crossover in the medal table for the Blues, who now have 19 in total.
After a disappointing Friday (men's épée, BMX, canoe-kayak), the French delegation was enriched with six new medals.
Achievements, emotion, tears of joy, in short, a historic day that we no longer hoped for since the start of the Games a week ago.
We will have to be very strong to match the feat of our judokas, team gold medalists.
Clarisse Agbégnénou, Axel Clerget, Teddy Riner and Sarah-Léonie Cysique have reversed all forecasts and their Japanese opponents, favorites of the team event (4-1), on the Tokyo tatami.
If for the first it is a confirmation after his title in less than 63 kg, Riner and Cysique finish in style after the bronze and the silver obtained in individual.
Eight medals out of 19 possible in total for French judo in this Olympic tournament: magical.
🇫🇷 OLYMPIIIIIIIIIIIIIQUES CHAMPIONS !!!!
In Tokyo, the French beat the Japanese and won the mixed team event !!!!!!!
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- Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) July 31, 2021
The money for women sabers, windsurfers and rugby sevens
It may not be the most beautiful of metals, but it is enough to satisfy everyone.
Early in the night, Charline Picon opened the ball on her windsurfing board, beaten only by the Chinese Lu Yunxio.
The Olympic champion in Rio in 2016 is happy and says it: “To be sure to get a medal before this last race was already a pretty strong feeling.
It's magic, it's beautiful.
A little later, Thomas Goyard achieved the same performance… After having been disqualified from the last round!
In front at halfway, the French sabers led by Manon Brunet (bronze in individual) led in the team final against the Russian ogres (gold and silver in individual) before letting go on the wire (41-45) despite a huge ascent.
This is the 4th medal for our fencers after the gold of Romain Cannone, the silver of the female foilists, and therefore the bronze of Brunet: "We are disappointed but we will still savor it", says the latter.
We are impatiently awaiting a 5th medal with the foilists next night.
🤺🥈 What an end to the game for the French sabers !!
They were not unworthy (45-41)
Very nice finish.
Bravo for this silver medal 🥈 The 19th for France 🇫🇷
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- France tv sport (@francetvsport) July 31, 2021
Finally, the players of rugby Sevens have not been unworthy.
Not favorites against New Zealand, the Blue played their luck against the Blacks, Olympic vice-champions five years ago (12-26).
They had left a lot of energy against Great Britain hours before.
Well done ladies, as well as to the team triathletes, who come home with bronze.
Manaudou ensures, the handball players in doubt
In the rest of the news, our representatives have had mixed fortunes.
The good one to start, with Florent Manaudou, who qualifies for the final of the 50m NL, with his best time since his return to competition.
Injured, Renaud Lavillenie will still try his luck in the pole vault final.
In BMX freestyle, Anthony Jeanjean, 4th after qualifying, will play for a medal tomorrow.
Outside the French camp, how not to admire the new 100m title of Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah, in front of her compatriots Fraser-Pryce and Jackson, and the 2nd medal of San Marino, 34,000 inhabitants?
Clean Sweep .. #TeamJamaica 🇯🇲 pic.twitter.com/3XOpywTe2v
- Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 31, 2021
To say the least, we are beginning to fear for the handball players of the France team.
It was believed that the draw (28-28) snatched against Sweden would revive them.
Faced with Russia, an opponent within their reach, the players of Olivier Krumbholz accumulated the losses of balls (18!) Before losing (27-28).
They will play their qualification against Brazil on Monday for their last group match, potentially with Norway as opponents in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
In the discus throw, Mélina Robert-Michon, reigning Olympic vice-champion, failed to qualify for the final.
The flop: standing knockout boxing
Bim, bam, it's berezina for our boxers. Billal Bennama (23) gave everything but was also beaten from the start, on points by the Kazakh Bibossinov. After the eliminations in the first round of Maïva Hamadouche (-60 kg), Samuel Kistohurry (-57 kg) and Sofiane Oumiha (-63 kg), the pugilistic hopes of the Blues rest only on Mourad Aliev. He will be assured of a medal if he beats Britain's Frazer Clarke in the +91 kg quarter-finals tomorrow. Finally, the Games end in the dark for Novak Djokovic, who failed to take bronze in the tennis tournament.