Well, you might as well get rid of the issue of medals right away.
Like yesterday, the delegation has only one to chew on (25 in total).
And like yesterday, it's bronze.
Not the most glorious metal but all those who participate in the Games will tell you: there are few chosen, and a medal, whatever the material, it nevertheless represents the reward of hard work for months. , for years, sometimes in the most extreme conditions.
Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz still savor
They were able to face the wind on the 470 event to take bronze.
But the 36-year-old Normande and the 27-year-old Brestoise hoped for better.
Second before the last round, they were overtaken by the Poles who, only specialists can confirm, received a little help from the British.
"We had the feeling of being harmed by a British team race," said Aloïse Retornaz on France TV.
However, the behavior of La Perfide Albion did not mar the satisfaction of Camille Lecointre (2nd bronze medal after Rio) and Aloïse Retornaz.
Congratulations to our British competitors🥇and obviously to our training partners and Polish friends 🥈 A honor to share the Olympic Podium with this 4 girls 🥲 # Tokyo2020 #sailing
- Camille Lecointre & Aloïse Retornaz - Tokyo 2020 (@ 470ob ObjectifOR) August 4, 2021
Thanks to the girls, it's 5 out of 5!
We're going to see Blue everywhere in the next two days, and that's thanks to the three main team sports (we're not talking about football, of course).
After the boys (hand, basketball, volleyball), it is the girls' turn to have brilliantly hoisted the tricolor colors, at least until the semi-finals stage (while waiting for better).
Olivier Krumbholz's handball players had the right recipe to take out the Dutch World Champions and their French coach, Emmanuel Mayonnade, unable to find the link to prevent the Blue from lecturing (32-22).
They will play Sweden on Friday (10 am).
For a long time, we believed that this would be a formality and that basketball players would also be intractable. Faced with Spain, their best enemy, the French women first succeeded (33-19, 16th), before losing their footing and seeing their opponents pick up, and even pass in front (57-60, 37th). Skillful control of money-time, time-outs and free throws allowed Valérie Garnier's players to finish well (67-64). For its third consecutive Olympic semi-final, the French team will face Japan on Friday (1 p.m.).
🏀 🇫🇷 🇪🇸 The France team joins Japan in the semi-finals of the women's basketball tournament, beating Spain at the end of the suspense thanks to a decisive Marine Johannes (67-64) # Tokyo2020 #Olympic
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- francetvsport (@francetvsport) August 4, 2021
The dream is gone for Kevin Mayer
He should have been the god of the stadium.
But the gods have turned their backs on him.
An emblematic figure of the decathlon, Kevin Mayer had gold at his fingertips and legs, and it was ultimately his back that betrayed him.
Suffering, the silver medalist in Rio took anti-inflammatories before the high jump competition, which allowed him to raise his head with a super jump to 2m08.
Halfway through, the 2017 world champion occupies 5th place with 382 points behind the Canadian Damian Warner, well established in provisional 1st place.
And besides that…
Track and field events have not yet reached their maximum speed, but there is still something going on. Quentin Bigot believed in it, but more was needed for the miracle to be fulfilled. For her first participation in the Games, the 2019 vice-world champion finished 5th (with a throw of 79m32, only 31 cm from her personal best), hardly less than Alexandra Tavernier (4th in the women's competition).
The satisfaction came from the hurdlers over 110 meters (Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Aurel Manga) who will see the final tomorrow, with why not a medal at the end (be careful not to take inspiration from BMX).
Also with hurdles, but on a horse, Nicolas Delmotte took 12th place in individual show jumping, because of a very small fault on n ° 5, the only one in two passages.
Finally, special mention for Madeleine Larcheron, 15, who took 13th place in the park.
“I'm going to keep having fun, doing anything with my friends.
The Paris 2024 Olympics, I don't know if I'm going to go.
I don't even know what I'm going to eat tomorrow!
It's beautiful, the carefree youth ...
Tomorrow is the 13th day.
It remains to be hoped that it will bring bad luck to French athletes.