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Olympic Games: foil, windsurfing, rugby, successful blue outings


Solo, or in collective, the French athletes shone to land a beautiful harvest of medals, this weekend at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.


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  • The full Olympic program

  • The Olympic medal table

Foil offers itself a golden revenge

Enzo Lefort, Julien Mertine, Maxime Pauty and Erwann Le Péchoux won with authority (45-28) against Russia (under neutral banner following the doping scandal) the gold medal in team foil (a title awaited since Sydney in 2000).

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Erwann Le Péchoux (39 years old), who was playing his fifth and last Olympics, becoming the symbol of the team by putting the finishing touches.

That of experience and sharing.

The Blues healed their revenge after the bitter final of the Rio Olympics.

In the lead (30-25) with three stints from the end, the Habs had yielded (45-41) against Russia.

In Tokyo, they savored the 5 fencing medal, the 21 medal of the France team (the 5 in gold).

Blue boards in the wind

Olympic windsurfing unleashes a long-distance race made up of twelve regattas in which the vagaries of the weather, setbacks, and small pleasures have been invited to the Enoshima body of water. To weave an often breathless epilogue. Charline Picon imagined covering himself in gold and Thomas Goyard believed he had lost everything (after having experienced an eventful week, during which he notably fell into the water twice and was disqualified during the final regatta) . They are adorned with silver (in events won by Chinese Yunxiu Lu and Dutch Kiran Bladoe). Confirming the good blue habits in windsurfing at the Olympics, marked in particular by the gold medals of Franck David (in 1992), Faustine Merret (in 2004) and Charline Picon (in 2016).

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La Rochelaise, delighted, said:

“The conditions were very harsh: great heat, no wind, only physical.

I thought at one point it was going to be gold, but I take it, this medal.

It is a great happiness.

It is magic.

Many don't realize how hard it is to be preparing for the Olympics.

These are huge life projects.

I hope to have thrilled my relatives in France, that's what I like about sport, emotions… ”

Substitute in Beijing in 2008, 8th in London in 2012, in gold in Rio in 2016, in silver in Tokyo in 2021, Charline Picon brilliantly accompanied (on the 4th birthday of her daughter, Lou) the release of the RS: X. In 2024, it will be on a foil board.

Rugby, money, a springboard for the promotion of the "7"

New Zealand - France, the women's rugby tournament had set a festive table.

On the podium jostled, for the France team, the pride of a silver medal (after a 26-12 defeat in the final) and the emotion attached to the end of the adventure for Fanny Horta, the legendary captain.

For women's rugby in France, the "7" is a marker.

It all started with him.

In 2013, Fanny Horta came to Paris with Rose Thomas to change the status of the players,

” says David Courteix, the coach of the Bleues.

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The first contracts will follow, the first training sessions (with the men's team), before the evolution of professional contracts to leave more room for the game project. The Olympic Games illustrate the progression. Sixth in Rio in 2016, the Blue were then finalists in the 2018 World Cup (dominated in San Francisco by… New Zealand).

“We realized our value. We hope this story will continue. There is still a lot of work to be done, ”

emphasizes Fanny Horta. David Courteix, taking advantage of the Olympic echo, ensures:

“The 7 and the XV are not competitors.

The 7th, in New Zealand, has, for example, vocation, to boost the high level.

Rugby must become aware of the place of Olympism, when everyone already realizes what a Grand Slam or a World Cup represents

. "

Triathlon, the charm and strength of mixed events

After the immense disappointment of the individual races (Léonie Périault 5th, Vincent Luis 13th), the triathletes had the same enthusiasm for the mixed relay (300 m of swimming, 6.8 km of cycling and 2 km of running), a newcomer to the Olympic program.

In this little game led to hellish pace, Léonie Périault, Dorian Coninx, Cassandre Beaugrand and Vincent Luis snatched the bronze medal in an event won by Great Britain (ahead of the United States).

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After a mad chase.

The Blues, quadruple world champions in the specialty (2015, 2018, 2019, 2020), showed a well-established complicity to end their journey in Tokyo with smiles with the first Olympic medal in the discipline in France.

The Olympic program offered mixed events in tennis, sailing or shooting, but in Tokyo the newcomers (6 new events made their appearance, 18 in total), in triathlon as in judo

(see opposite)

, offered scenes of joy, exchange, emotion which will consolidate the International Olympic Committee in its choice to reinforce the presence of mixed events.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-08-01

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