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Olympic Games: Open water, Athletics, Basketball ... 5 reasons to wake up from Wednesday to Thursday night


The men's swimming marathon, the 4 x 100 m series, the start of the basketball semi-finals, among other things, offer a lively night in Tokyo.

Swimming, Open water men (11:30 pm)

The reigning German world champion Florian Wellbrock (bronze medalist in the 1,500m), the Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri and the Hungarian Kristof Rasovszky will start with the odds.

The French (Lara Grangeon, Marc-Antoine Olivier and David Aubry) are aiming for the podium in the open water event.

Resistance to conditions (heat and extreme humidity) will be one of the essential ingredients for the success of a race that promises to be indecisive.

To discover

  • The full Olympic program

  • The Olympic medal table

Athletics, Men's 4x100m Relay (4h30)

The French quartet (Mouhamadou Fall, Amaury Golitin, Marvin Rene, Jimmy Vicaut, Meba Mickael Zez) will try to put the French sprint, very discreet, in the spotlight.

In an extremely high context.

To read also: Kevin Mayer: "In decathlon, the slightest weakness is crippling"

Athletics, 110m hurdles, Final (4:55)

The French Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Aurel Manga will compete in the 110m hurdles final with the ambition of finally bringing home a medal for French athletics at these Games. Martinot-Lagarde, European champion but who had a preparation very disturbed by injuries, finished 2nd in his semi-final with his best time of the season (13''25), just like Manga, who equaled his personal best in 13''24. In the absence of the Olympic title holder Omar McLeod, not qualified for the Olympics, as well as those of the 2015 world champion Sergei Shubenkov and the Spaniard Orlando Ortega, both injured, the two French have a great card to play. for a possible podium, behind the huge favorite, the American Grant Holloway.

Basketball, Men's semi-finals (6.15 am)

Kevin Durant et Cie, solid in the quarter-finals against Spain's Ricky Rubio (95-81), are ready for the final rounds. This Thursday, Team USA takes on Australia who, in the quarterfinals, knocked out Argentina. A team in which the responsibilities, playing time and the brand are distributed to let collective strength express itself. Opposition of styles.

Karate, Less than 67kg Men (from 5h00)

For the return of the discipline in the Olympic program, which will unfortunately only be a "one shot" since it will be absent in Paris in 2024, it will be necessary to follow carefully this Thursday Steven Da Costa. World champion in 2018 and European champion the following year, however, he experienced some disappointment by finishing only 3rd in the last European Championships. But the goal of his year is Olympic. He will first have five fights to play to try to win one of the first two places and thus play the last four. Where everything will become possible for this young man of 24 years.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-08-04

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