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The mixed relay of the French triathlon, composed of Leonie Periault, Dorian Coninx, Cassandre Beaugrand and Vincent Luis, on the podium after their bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, July 31, 2021 / AFP

Finally ! Dominant nation of the triathlon, France obtained its first Olympic medal in the history of the discipline, with the bronze medal in the mixed relay on Saturday in Tokyo.

Charline Picon, in windsurfing, and the girls of rugby sevens are sure to bring two more medals to the French camp. It remains to be seen on which step! It will be respectively from 2:30 p.m. local (7:30 a.m. French) for the Charentaise, if the wind permits, and at 6:00 p.m. (11:00 a.m. French) for rugby.

Since Sydney-2000 and the introduction of the triathlon at the Olympics, the Blues swam, pedaled and run in vain after this Olympic podium while they are triple world champions in the specialty and offer themselves individual podiums in all the Championships and World Cup or almost.

In Tokyo, they even had a designated favorite, Vincent Luis, eagerly awaited on the individual. The ace ! Luis was 13th and 5th place for Léonie Périault – who turns 27 this Saturday – barely made up for this disappointment. Finally, it was the mixed relay, a new Olympic event, that the deliverance came.

At the start of the race, the Périault-Dorian Coninx- Cassandre Beaugrand-Luis quartet followed in this order the 4 short distance triathlons (300 m swimming, 6.8 km cycling, 2 km running), only behind on the line by Great Britain, 1st, and the United States.

“It’s important to react after the individual (races). People have a bit of short memories, France is a dominant nation in world triathlon. We brought home a medal, we work hard, we deserve more respect than that. which was given to us after the individual “, dropped on France 2 Vincent Luis, favorite of the individual men but only 13th.

This 14th French medal launches a “middle weekend” of the Olympic Games traditionally at the crossroads of two major sports, swimming which ends and athletics which begins.

The American Caeleb Dressel during the 100m butterfly in which he was crowned Olympic champion at the Tokyo Games by signing a new world record, July 31, 2021 / AFP

In the pool, the American Caeleb Dressel, already crowned Olympic champion in the 100 m freestyle and the 4×100 m relay, added a third title to his Japanese trip by easily winning the 100 m butterfly.

A distance from his rivals, the Hungarian Kristof Milak, 2nd, and the Swiss Noé Ponti, 3rd, Dressel fought against the clock and lowered the world record (now 49.45).

His quest is not over with a final Sunday of swimming which can offer him a fireworks display with two more possible titles in the 50m freestyle and the 4x100m medley. On the other hand, he will not achieve the Grand Slam since he failed in 5th place in the mixed 4x100m medley relay, far from the British.

Athletics will be dominated by the women’s 100m final, the queen race. The two Jamaican sprinters Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah, three Olympic 100m titles between them, are once again the big favorites. They will obviously have to get through the semi-finals.

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare is already “offside”. A contender for the podium, the sprinter won the title of first athlete declared positive for doping during the Olympic period of the Tokyo Olympics following a positive test for a growth hormone.

In the French camp, the results of the morning series are contrasted with the qualifying without shining of Renaud Lavillenie (pole vault) and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (800 m) and especially the failure in the qualifications of the vice-Olympic disc champion, Mélina Robert-Michon.

Frenchwoman Charline Picon during the RS: X windsurfing race at the Tokyo Olympics in Enoshima on July 29, 2021 / AFP / Archives

In addition to Picon and the women’s rugby sevens team, the French chances for medals can be found as always on the tatamis of the Nippon Budokan, with the unprecedented mixed team judo event in which most of the seven tricolor medalists of the week find themselves. and of which Teddy Riner will be the guide, after his bronze on Friday.

But the sabers can also aim just by teams: they have already secured a place in the semi-finals and it will be against Italy (1:40 pm local, 6:40 am French).

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