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Olympics: gold, bronze and tears for the Blues

2021-08-02T17:18:11.697Z

STORY - Jean Quiquampoix brightened up a day marked by the all-around podium and the disappointment of Samir Aït Saïd.



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The man with the golden gun

The Games in the whirlwind of their magic propel sports and sportsmen of the shadows on the front of the scene.

Shooting finds a rare and precious space there.

At the end of the discipline, the France team brought down its trump card, Jean Quiquampoix, silver medalist in Rio in 2016.

In the 25m pistol event, the Antibes club member edged out Cuban Leuris Pupo and Chinese Yuehong Li to collect the 6th French gold medal in Tokyo.

With the Olympic record tied (34 out of 40), he offered his 10th Olympic shooting title since 1900, succeeding Philippe Héberlé (1984), Jean-Pierre Amat (1996) and Franck Dumoulin (2000).

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Jean Quiquampoix, who is a gendarme, summed up:

“After Rio, I worked harder to get the medal

(around 300,000 cartridges fired).

Then, by dint of competing, I know my opponents better and better.

It is the experience and the work that made me walk past

.

"

The fullness of the shooter contrasted with the desolation of the gymnast Samir Aït Saïd who shared, with Clarisse Agbegnenou, the role of standard bearer, but who, injured (in the left biceps), could not follow his dream and had to to be satisfied with the 4 place of the rings (event won by the Chinese Yang Liu).

Indestructible, he emotionally made an appointment:

“I'm going to win in Paris.

I am not cursed, I am not cursed… ”

The pride horse

An uncertain race against the clock.

At the beginning of July, Astier Nicolas and Thibaut Vallette, two of the three French gold medalists of the eventing in Rio de Janeiro, in 2016, had to give up due to physical problems of their horses.

Followed by Thomas Carlile, arriving in Tokyo, his horse suffering from muscular pathology.

The group did not give in to dejection in the face of the repetition of the blows of fate.

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Samir Aït Saïd: "My life looks like a roller coaster"

Nicolas Touzaint, Karim Laghouag and Christopher Six, 9th after the dressage, 3rd at the end of the cross, kept the 3rd place after the show jumping.

United for a medal that had the strength of perseverance in a test won by Great Britain (leading the competition from start to finish) ahead of Australia.

France's 23rd medal.

Michel Asseray, Deputy DTN, admitted that this medal had been

"harder to get than gold in Rio"

.

Tokyo will see Simone Biles again

His eclipse after a fleeting appearance during the team event had shaken the Olympics and the world of sport.

Simone Biles, the star of world gymnastics (quadruple Olympic champion and 19 times world champion) had been very supported, when she had shared her fragility and announced her forfeit for the first four individual finals.

“We are very happy to confirm that you will see two American gymnasts in the beam final on Tuesday - Suni Lee and Simone Biles!”

The American Federation announced on Twitter.

Biles, the eagerly awaited symbol, is back for the close of gymnastics.

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The distress of Simone Biles anguishes the Olympic Games

Cuban Mijain Lopez has found a place in the record books. After titles in 2008, 2012, 2016, he won the gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in the 130 kg category. He joins the Americans Al Oerter (disc), Carl Lewis (length) and Michael Phelps (400 m), four consecutive gold medalists at the Olympics. History in progress, after having fallen (and winning her series), the Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan successfully launched her challenge (1500m, 5000m, 10,000m) with a first gold medal in 5000m.

Source: lefigaro

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