The event: Florent Manaudou Olympic vice-champion in the 50m freestyle
The French swimmer Florent Manaudou won the silver medal in the 50m freestyle this Sunday, behind the American Caeleb Dressel, winning the bet to get back on an Olympic podium after a two and a half year break. Returning to the pools in March 2019 after devoting himself to handball, the 2012 Olympic champion and 2016 silver medalist swam in 21.55, while Dressel set a new Olympic record (21.07).
Athletics: Alexandra Tavernier qualified for the hammer final
Alexandra Tavernier qualified for the hammer final, from Saturday night to Sunday. Vice-champion of Europe, the Savoyarde, who trains in Brittany, in Lannion, only needed two tries to validate his ticket with a throw at 73.51m on his second attempt, qualifying being set at 73.50m. The final is scheduled for Tuesday.
Volleyball: the Blues in the quarter-finals despite their defeat
The French volleyball players validated their qualification for the quarter-finals by taking Brazil to the tie-break in their last group match, at the Ariake Arena. After snatching a first set (39-37) after an unbreathable second round, the Blues won the fourth round (25-21), which gives them, at least, one point and ensures them to pass the first round of the Olympic tournament, a first, despite the final defeat in the tie-break (17-19).
BMX: Jeanjean sixth, betrayed by “a technical error”
For the entry of freestyle BMX to the Olympic Games, the Frenchman Anthony Jeanjean could only take sixth place on Sunday in Tokyo, betrayed by “a technical error” which caused him to fall in his second run. The first Olympic champion in history is the Australian Logan Martin, ahead of the Venezuelan Daniel Dhers and the Briton Declan Brooks. In the ladies’ category, the Briton Charlotte Worthington took the gold, the American Hannah Roberts the silver and the Swiss Nikita Ducarroz the bronze.
Horse riding: the French team well placed before the last day
The french team, crowned Olympic team champion in Rio in 2016, moved back to third place in the eventing, after the cross disputed this Sunday and before the last day devoted to show jumping, Monday. The French were in ninth place at the end of the dressage, but they regained hope of reaching the podium thanks to three excellent cross-country courses.
Gymnastics: Biles forfeit the floor final
American gymnastics superstar Simone biles withdrew from Monday’s floor final after having already given up in the finals of the general competition, jump and uneven bars, announced this Sunday, the American Gymnastics Federation. “Simone withdraws from the final from the floor and will make her decision for the beam (which will be held on Tuesday, editor’s note) later,” USA Gymnastics reported, while the American stopped the competition for maintain mental and physical health since the all-around team competition.
Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week. Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone.
– USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 1, 2021
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