We got up early and enjoyed it.
We then hoped and sat on our hunger before jumping for joy in front of our television set.
Looking more closely, there are more satisfactions than disappointments in the tricolor camp on Tuesday.
The results on the medal table are still as far from the desired 40 (24), but something tells us that it could expand a little ...
The bronze team sprinters
One second and seven tenths.
This is the gap in favor of the France team over Australia, in the race for 3rd place in team speed.
At this level, it's huge.
Florian Grengbo and Sébastien Vigier launched Rayan Helal perfectly, who gave up everything in the final sprint while the Aussies and Matthew Glaetzer completely missed their second and last stint.
It is the first medal in the French camp and it is deserved, in a discipline that has always smiled on him since the Sydney Games in 2000.
# Tokyo2020 |
The French in bronze 🥉 !!
🇨🇵 @FlorianGrengbo, @hr_helal and @ Seb91120 lead the Australian trio 🇦🇺 and climb to the Olympic podium in team sprint 🤩 pic.twitter.com/RJ3eDe9Jga
- FFC (@FFCyclisme) August 3, 2021
Heroic volleyball players and team sports have responded
Honor to the volleyball players, who defeated all predictions on Tuesday afternoon against Poland, the reigning double world champion.
Earvin Ngapeth and his friends lost the 1st round, won the 2nd, lost the 3rd, won the 4th to afford a final anthology set against the world No. 2.
Unchained, the Blues flew over the debates (6-2, 12-7), before concluding (15-9) in an atmosphere of madness.
France, which had not played in the Olympic quarter-finals, offers itself a half in two days against Argentina.
The coach of the Blues, Laurent Tillie, is united with his players and throws himself to resume a Polish smash!
The Blues are on the verge of a feat against the reigning World Champions # Tokyo2020 #Olympic
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- francetvsport (@francetvsport) August 3, 2021
Everything had started well during the night with the demonstration of the handball players. Against Bahrain, the most modest of the last eight teams in the running, Guillaume Gille's men made the powder speak (42-28). The group is reassured about its offensive capacities but the main thing was above all to pass the obstacle. In the semi-final, Thursday morning (9 am), Nikola Karabatic and his teammates will face the Egyptians, 7th in the last World Championships and Germany scorers (31-26). The other semi-final will pit defending Denmark against Spain.
The basketball players, for their part, sweated a little more to also reach the last four.
Faced with a tough Italy, who had everything to gain and stood up to them for most of the game, Nicolas Batum (15 points, 14 rebounds) ensured in a match punctuated by many technical errors (victory 84-75).
The series therefore continues for the France team, which will have to thwart the Slovenian trap in two days to possibly find the United States (opposed to Australia) in the final.
Direction the semi-finals 🔥 # TeamFranceBasket #ITAFRA # Tokyo2020 # Basketball pic.twitter.com/8cNPNuQTzX
- French Basketball Teams (@FRABasketball) August 3, 2021
No treble for Lavillenie
The 2012 Olympic champion in London, silver in Rio, does not finally pass three consecutive medals at the Games.
Reduced by an injury to the left ankle three weeks ago, the pole vaulter was again injured during the warm-up by falling badly.
Outstanding (8th with a jump to 5m70);
he was supported by his friend and opponent, the Swede Armand Duplantis, logically titled (6m02).
😢 He will have given everything, despite the pain!
🇫🇷 Renaud Lavillenie did not manage to cross 5.92 m.
👉 He finished 8th in the Olympic pole vault final with 5.70m. # Tokyo2020 #Athletics
- FFA (@FFAthletisme) August 3, 2021
Also in the Olympic stadium, two other chances of medals have vanished on the Blue side.
In the women's hammer throw, Alexandra Tavernier finished at the foot of the podium with a throw of 74.41 m, one meter from bronze.
“It's the biggest disappointment of my life,” sighs the 27-year-old Savoyard.
In the 110m hurdles, if Aurel Manga and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde managed to climb in the semi-finals, Wilhem Belocian could not finish his series, affected by a bursitis.
Also in athletics, the performance of the day can be attributed to Karsten Warholm.
Already holder of the previous world record in the 400 hurdles, the Norwegian did it again in the final by being the first athlete to go below 46 ′ '(45′'94).
The climbing events, one of the novelties at the Games, began on Tuesday. France, a great specialist in this very difficult and spectacular discipline, was quick to express itself through the Mawem brothers. Bassa dominated the qualifications and Mickael is provisional 3rd before the bouldering and difficulty tests. Finally, how can we not take our hat off to Simone Biles again? The greatest champion in the history of gymnastics, who had cracked during the team competition, returned to try to win the moon on the beam. The American takes the bronze behind two Chinese women who look like children but wins the gold medal in the hearts.