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Tokyo Olympics: hand, basketball, volleyball ... Three crazy semi-finals to follow Thursday from 10 a.m.


The French men's team sports teams each play their semi-finals this Thursday. Chain emotions guaranteed.

For those who love team sports, they will have to be in front of their screen from 10 a.m. this Thursday for the handball semi-final and reserve their afternoon to follow the Blues in basketball (1 p.m.) and volleyball (2 p.m.).

10 a.m .: favorite handball players against Egypt

The last four of the men's handball tournament will offer an unbalanced shock between France, Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012, and Egypt, a novice on Thursday.

The big poster will consist of a clash between defending defending Denmark and Spain in the other semi-final.

The French will aim for a fourth consecutive Olympic final, which no nation has managed to achieve either for women or for men, after the coronations in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London and the silver medal in 2016 in Rio .

Criticized for their performance before the Olympic tournament, the French climbed easily to the semi-finals, after a landslide victory over Bahrain (42-28), thanks to a resplendent Kentin Mahé with nine goals.

The “Experts” already close to a medal cannot be satisfied with this.

Silver medalists in Rio, they want to recover their crown.

1 p.m .: basketball players challenge Slovenia

“The Games are the most beautiful of basketball competitions.

Being in the last four, when you know the world competition, there is something to be happy about, ”said coach Vincent Collet, after his team's victory in pain against Italy (84-75) this Tuesday.

With 15 points, 14 rebounds, 3 interceptions and 2 blocks: the captain of the French basketball team Nicolas Batum served a huge benefit to take his team to the last fourhttps: //

- The Parisian (@le_Parisien) August 3, 2021

It is now Slovenia which stands on the route des Bleus this Thursday (1 pm).

The Batum-Fournier-Gobert generation has the opportunity of an Olympic final, 21 years after that lost by Antoine Rigaudeau, Laurent Sciarra and co in Sydney, against the United States.

The course of the French, animated by a quiet and perfect force until then, pleads for them after three victories in the group stage, in particular the resounding one against the United States, which had offered them a first place synonymous with a draw. favorable.

It saved them from meeting Spain, their executioner of the last two Games at the same stadium, who left the tournament just before by the United States.

The other semi-final will also oppose them to Australia a few hours before the half of the Blues (6.15am).

2 p.m .: volleyball players for a new feat ahead of Argentina

Not to be missed under any circumstances, the first Olympic semi-final in the history of French volleyball players.

Laurent Tillie's players, after having achieved the feat of eliminating Poland, double world champion and big favorite of the tournament, which they had never beaten, in the tie-break on Tuesday, find Argentina this Thursday for a place in the final.

“It should not stop, let loose the French coach at the microphone of France Televisions.

We had unsuspected resources (Editor's note: against Poland).

We are truly survivors.

We beat one of the best teams in the world and we have to keep going… ”

For their part, the Argentines eliminated Italy, Olympic vice-champion five years ago in Rio but aging since. For their first semi-final since Sydney in 2000, the Argentines will therefore find the French in the semi-final, for a revenge of the group match they won in the tie-break. In the other half of the table, Brazil, who made short work of the Japanese host 3 sets to 0, joined the last Olympic square for the fifth time in a row where they will meet Russia, under a neutral banner , who also did not give up a set against Canada in the quarter-finals.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-08-03

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