The event: New medal for French rowing
This Thursday July 29 started ideally within the French delegation. Claire Bové and Laura Tarantola won the silver medal in the lightweight two-pair rowing event. Their medal comes on top of the gold medal of Matthieu Androdias and Hugo Boucheron, won on Wednesday as a couple. This is the 9th medal for France in these Games.
??? FRANCE WINS THE SILVER MEDAL! An incredible ending with an unbearable suspense.
? Laura Tarantola and Claire Bove come a few hundredths behind the Italian Olympic champions.
– France tv sport (@francetvsport) July 29, 2021
Athletics: positive for covid-19, Sam Kendricks forfeits pole vault
One of the favorites for the Olympic pole vault forfeited. The American Sam Kendricks, world champion, is positive for covid-19 and must therefore give up the Tokyo Games.
BMX: Four French people in the semi-final
Axelle Etienne qualified for the semi-finals of BMX race, while Manon Valentino was the only French representative eliminated at the quarter-final stage, played at the urban sports park of Ariake, in Tokyo.
A little earlier, the three boys Sylvain André, Joris Daudet and Romain Mahieu had validated their tickets for the semi-finals, scheduled for Friday.
?? Author of a good performance, Sylvain André qualifies for the semi-finals in BMX. He will be accompanied by a compatriot Romain Mahieu who also climbed into the last four.
– France tv sport (@francetvsport) July 29, 2021
Boxing: Mourad Aliev wins the first fight of the French clan
The French Mourad Aliev (+91 kg) qualified for the quarter-finals by beating Tajik Siyovush Zukhurov on points.
Aliev obtains the first victory of the tricolor clan in boxing after the eliminations of entry for the men of Samuel Kistohurry (-57 kg) and Maïva Hamadouche (-60 kg) for the women.
Fencing: the blue foilists in the team semi-finals
French foilists Ysaora Thibus, Anita Blaze and Pauline Ranvier qualified for the semi-finals of the Olympic team competition by dominating the Canadians 45-29 on Thursday in Chiba. In the semifinals, they will meet the Italians.
In London in 2012, Italy won gold, the women’s team foil not being present in Rio in 2016.
Judo: Madeleine Malonga in the semi-final, it’s over for Alexandre Iddir
New medal chance for the tricolor judo delegation. In the -78 kg category, Madeleine Malonga is in the semi-final. After an expeditious round of 16 against the Austrian Bernadette Graf, the French had to fight until the golden score against the Cuban Kaliema Antomarchi in the quarter-finals. Victorious over ippon, Malonga will play her semi-final shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Among men, Alexandre Iddir was eliminated in his first fight against Azeri Zelym Kotsoiev in the -100 kg category.
Swimming: Dressel in gold in the 100m freestyle, Grousset at the foot of the podium
The American Caeleb Dressel won Thursday the queen race of swimming at the Tokyo Olympics, the 100 m freestyle, in 47’02, ahead of the Australian Kyle Chalmers (47”08), Olympic champion in 2016, and the Russian Kliment Kolesnikov (47”44).
For his first Games, Maxime Grousset, 22 years old and water line number 8, took fourth place (47”72), thus failing to become the first French medalist on the round trip since the coronation of Alain Bernard in 2008.
Swimming: 4x200m relay world record for the Chinese, the Blue 8th
The Chinese swimmers surprised by becoming Olympic champions in the 4x200m freestyle relay, setting a new world record (7’40”33), ahead of the Americans and Australians.
Qualified with the seventh fastest time, the French women finished 8th (7’58”15).
Swimming: The tears of Marie Wattel, who will not see the final of the 100m freestyle
Marie Wattel and Charlotte Bonnet failed to qualify for the 100m freestyle final of the Olympic Games, eliminated in the semi-finals of the event, Thursday in Tokyo.
The ax is cruel in particular for Wattel, 9th time in the semi-finals, deprived of the final for a hundredth of a second for the benefit of the Briton Anna Hopkin.
Swimming: Ndoye-Brouard out in the semi-final of the 200m backstroke
The young Frenchman Yohann Ndoye Brouard, drafted at the last minute after the withdrawal of one of the swimmers qualified at the end of the series the day before, was eliminated in the semi-final of the 200m backstroke.
Despite the surprise announcement of his repechage, Ndoye Brouard did not go far from the feat, with fifth place in his semi-final in 1’56”83, and ninth final time in the semi-finals, this which makes him the first unqualified.
Swimming: The other podiums
Over 800m, the American Robert Finke, 21, became the first Olympic champion in this new event. He is ahead, in 7’41”87, the Italian world champion Gregorio Paltrinieri (7’42”11) and the Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk.
In the 200m butterfly, the Chinese Zhang Yufei was crowned Olympic champion in the 200m butterfly, ahead of the two Americans Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger.
In the 200m breaststroke, 22-year-old Australian Izaac Stubblety-Cook won gold in 2’06”38 ahead of Dutch Arno Kamminga (2’07”01) and Finland’s Matti Mattsson (2’07 13).
Sevens rugby: France starts well against Fiji
The French rugby sevens started their Olympic tournament well in Pool B on Thursday at Tokyo Stadium, beating Fiji 12 to 5, thanks to two tries, one by their captain Fanny Horta, the other by Séraphine Okemba .
The French will face Brazil at 10 a.m., largely beaten by the Canadians 33-0.
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