Another day without a medal for France, doping… The Olympic recap of Friday February 11

► No podium in biathlon

The French women had high hopes in the biathlon sprint race. They were quickly showered. It was the Norwegian Marte Olsbu Roeiseland, leader of the Biathlon World Cup, who won the Olympic title, flying over the 7.5 km from the site of Zhangjiakou (China).

→ REREAD. Beijing Olympics: in biathlon, the emulation of a French team “Swiss army knife”

Thanks to a faultless on the shooting range, Marte Olsbu Roeiseland outclassed the competition, relegated to more than thirty seconds. The silver medal went to Sweden’s Elvira Oeberg (+ 31 seconds), while Italy’s Dorothea Wierer took bronze 38 seconds behind Roeiseland.

The French finish far behind: Anaïs Bescond 9th, Julia Simon 29th, Justine Braisaz-Bouchet 48th, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet 68th.

In alpine skiing, the French have not had more success. Romane Miradoli finished 11th in the super-G, Laura Gauché 16th, Tessa Worley 19th, Tiffany Gauthier 28th.

In cross-country skiing, in the classic 15 km event, the tricolors who were not really among the favorites did not create a surprise. However, Hugo Lapalus finished 7th, Maurice Manificat 12th and Richard Jouve 49th

► Russian doping

Although she did not compete on Friday February 11, Russian skater Kamila Valieva was the center of attention. The one who allowed Russia to win the team event finds herself at the center of the first doping case of these Beijing Olympics.

The ITA, the body responsible for doping controls, announced that the 15-year-old prodigy skater tested positive for trimetazidine during a test carried out on December 25 during the Russian Championships. Her participation following the Beijing Games is now suspended by the decision of the Sports Court (CAS), seized by the IOC and the International Skating Federation (ISU), and expected before the start of the women’s individual competition on Tuesday.

► France slips back in the medal standings.

At the end of this disappointing day, France logically fell back in the medal table, With six medals including one in gold and five in silver, it was in 13th place, far behind Germany (11 medals including 7 in gold) which now dominates the ranking, ahead of Norway and the Netherlands.

► Saturday’s program.

In the French camp, all eyes are now on the duel at the top of men’s biathlon. With each already a title and a medal in two races, Quentin Fillon Maillet and his Norwegian rival Johannes Boe will face each other twice this weekend. A first time for the sprint event (10 km) on Saturday 12 February. And then for the pursuit (12.5 km) the next day.

→ PORTRAIT. Beijing Olympics: Quentin Fillon Maillet, a perfectionist at the top of Olympus

Three other Frenchmen can also hope to play spoilsports in these events, Émilien Jacquelin, Simon Desthieux and Fabien Claude.


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