One hell of a shot of Cannone
Badaboum: the first French gold medal made noise, Sunday July 25, on the fencing track in Tokyo. To offer himself the Olympic title with the épée, Romain Cannone (on the left) blew up 15 touches to 10 the Hungarian Gergely Siklosi, world number one. Previously, he had similarly blown the ambitions of numbers two and three, he who only points to 47e world rank and found himself selected at the last minute. “I didn’t ask myself a question. I even had fun all day “, relished the young 24-year-old champion. A dazzling revelation.
In 2008, in Beijing, it was the Little Prince of diving: 14 years old, a face from Tintin from the springboard and so many hopes on his shoulders. In 2012, at his home in London, the too heavy stake only offered him bronze. And again in Rio, in 2016. Superstar, three-time world champion, the Englishman Tom Daley definitely did not manage to adorn his reputation at the Olympic Games. Blame it on the ogre appetite of Chinese divers who are ultra-dominant in the discipline. Then 2021 came. With his partner Matty Lee, Tom Daley, 27, knocked down the favorites and won the 10-meter synchronized diving event on Monday, July 26. The big jump. Finally.
Skateboarding, the renewal of Olympism
Skateboarding on the Tokyo Games program is to rejuvenate the audience. A competition for young people and… by young people. The Japanese Momiji Nishiya, the first Olympic champion in the discipline in “street”, barely posted 13 springs and triumphed in a final where the “oldest” was only 20 years old. Olympism dusted off? Like clockwork.
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Clarisse Agbegnenou, victory, tears and heart
” I can not believe ! I don’t have the words. “ She looks for them and she cries, Clarisse Agbegnenou. She has yet to achieve her immense feat, this victory on Tuesday July 27 in the Olympic final of under 63 kg in judo, after which she has been running for five years. Precisely since this failure at the Rio Games, against the same opponent, the Slovenian Tina Trstenjak. The two judokats know each other by heart, and there was a lot, barely the fight over, in the embrace given by the new Olympic queen to her rival. We can talk about revenge, but in these hot gestures, there was above all a deep respect between two incredible champions.
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Federica Pellegrini, farewell to “the Divine”
In the Olympic swimming pool on Wednesday July 28, even before the 200-meter freestyle event, the few present applauded an outstanding champion: Federica Pellegrini, victorious by her mere presence, the first swimmer to qualify for a fifth consecutive Olympic final over 200 meters freestyle. Sacred at the Beijing Games in 2008, on all the world podiums since 2005, the Italian ended her career at the age of 32. And whatever his 7e place on this final race. “I am leaving in peace after having lived so many incredible moments”, commented “the Divine”, her nickname for her compatriots. “It was a great trip that I enjoyed from start to finish. “
Jessica Fox, for the whole family
Queen of canoeing, Jessica Fox has been for a long time, with 15 world medals accumulated over the past eleven years. But Olympic gold was still denied to the Franco-Australian (she was born in Marseille), in silver in London, in bronze in Rio, and in bronze again in Tokyo last Tuesday in the kayak. Like his father (five times world champion) and his mother (twice), who have never managed to win at the Games either. Jessica Fox put an end to the curse, Thursday, July 29, by finally offering herself the title in canoe slalom, a specialty open for the first time to female céistes. The whole family is delighted.
Judo: a stunning performance
The final in apotheosis of French judo came on Saturday July 31 at the end of a rich week. An eighth medal of the most precious metal, shared by a generous mixed team led by a re-energized Teddy Riner after his bronze failure in individual and a radiant Clarisse Agbegnenou. The Japanese did not return, beaten 4-1 in their temple of Nippon Budokan.
Two giants in the deep end
They spread their big wings in the 50m freestyle this Sunday 1er August. The first, who left Rio with an empty individual title suitcase, filled up in Tokyo: with five gold medals (4 × 100 m, 100 m, 100 m butterfly, 50 m and 4 × 100 medley), the American Caeleb Dressel (right) is the king of the Olympic pool this year. The second, in gold in London and silver in Rio over the same distance, has won his bet: with a third consecutive medal, the Frenchman Florent Manaudou (left) has managed to return to the top after thirty months of hiatus. the Olympiad to devote himself to his youthful passion, handball. Two great gentlemen, splashing with talent.
Sifan Hassan’s first walk
Her day on August 2 had not started very well. On the last lap of her 1,500m series, patatras: the Dutch Sifan Hassan was dragged down by the runner in front of her. The Games of the champion, who aims for a phenomenal treble – 1,500 m, 5,000 m and 10,000 m – could have ended there. But she gets up, catches up with her rivals, reviews them one by one, and ends up winning her streak. Huge. All the more so as, a few hours later, the same had to struggle with a final of 5,000 m. Trifle! In the last 400 m, she rules her opponents as on a parade and wins with astonishing ease. A good day, finally.
Simone Biles, her best medal
She returns to competition on this beam, Tuesday, August 3, barely 10 cm wide, a symbolic narrow path to a return to grace. Simone Biles can do it obviously, she is there for that, to lay the foundations for a future reconstruction. Mental disturbed, she had withdrawn since the start of the Games, but the American gymnast was keen on this final lap. “I did it for myself and I’m proud to have been able to compete once again. She settled for bronze, as in Rio in 2016, when she also harvested four gold medals. But what does it matter to him: that bronze is worth much more. All the gold in his world.
De Grasse, finally in full light
He had been patient for a long time, the Canadian Andre de Grasse. In the shade, first, of the giant Usain Bolt, in Rio in 2016. The Jamaican monster devoured everything, picked up the crumbs: bronze in the 100 m and the 4 x 100 m relay, silver in the 200 mr. And then came the Americans Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin and Noah Lyles, who whispered gold under his nose at the 2019 Worlds in Doha. He still in bronze over 100 m, and still in silver over 200. It was necessary to strike the hour of the revolt, that of the race of his life, Wednesday August 4 in Tokyo. With 19 s 62, the eighth performance of all time over the distance. At 26, patience pays off.
Steven Da Costa, his moment, his medal, unique
This meeting should not be missed. Karate was first featured at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and possibly the last. He is not included in the program for Paris 2024, much to the despair of Frenchman Steven Da Costa, who dreamed of shining in his country. Failing that, the world number one in the – 67 kg category therefore went to Japan for the medal and, while doing so, the most beautiful, beating the Turkish Eray Samdan 5-0 in the final. On his CV, he can write: gold medalist in karate, the one, the only one.
Volleyball: a historic medal
Forty years that he was chasing after this happiness, the coach Laurent Tillie: to offer an Olympic medal to French volleyball. This historic podium arrived in Tokyo, for its final match at the helm of the Blues. It is even the gold that won him, Saturday, August 7, the twelve guys of his team apart, bunch of inconstant and superb friends. The summit of a royal weekend for French team sport.
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