And in the end, there was only one left. The shooting finals have the flavor of eliminating one by one the last of the standings so that only the best remains, the one who will not have cracked under the pressure of the Olympic rings.
In all serenity, Jean Quiquampoix held on until the end, with a fixed gaze, an impassive face, even when he made a series of five clear shots, Monday, August 2 in the 25-meter rapid-fire pistol final.
22e medal for France
The 25-year-old Frenchman took to the gold medal, beating Cuban Leuris Popo in his last duel (34 points against 29). Vice-Olympic champion in Rio in 2016, he thus brought a 22nd medal to France at the Olympic Games, the sixth in gold.
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About 100 people – members of the delegations, but also volunteers of the Games – attended the final and cheered on the competitors at the Asaka shooting range, in the district of Nerima, 30 kilometers north of the city center. from Tokyo. The same place where the shooting events were played in 1964, during the first Tokyo Games. This time, prefabs and soulless white hangars were installed, plunged outside in the scorching heat of August.
Another Frenchman, Clément Bessaguet, 30, failed to qualify for the final on Monday when he was leading halfway through qualifying for his first Games.