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But the first thunderclap of the day was signed by Karsten Warholm, screaming and tearing his jersey at the finish of the 400m hurdles.
The Norwegian smashed the world record in the final. The feat is great for the 25-year-old Norwegian. In one month and two races, he twice lowered a 29-year-old world record. First 46 sec 70 on July 1 to erase the American Kevin Young, 46.78 at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, then 45.94 in the furnace of Tokyo.
Warholm even seems to have inspired his two friends on the podium, since the American Rai Benjamin (46.17) and the Brazilian Alison Dos Santos (46.72) also achieved a time which would have been synonymous with a world record a few years ago. week.
The podium would be almost a feat for Lavillenie as his ankle worries.
On the other side, Lavillenie, 34, suffered a recent injury to his left ankle and was on the verge of elimination in qualifying, grimacing regularly.
On the tails, the plateau has lightened after the withdrawal of the American Sam Kendricks, third in Rio in 2016, but forced to withdraw a few days from qualifying because of Covid-19.
For gold, the Olympic champion in London and then silver medalist in Rio will however have to count on a poor performance – always possible on pole vault – of the Swedish Armand Duplantis as the young man dominates the discipline.
Hammer thrower Alexandra Tavernier can believe much more in her chances, especially since the vice-champion of Europe had the good idea not to drag on during qualifying by validating her ticket from the 2nd throw.
Perhaps the athletes can take inspiration from the men’s pursuit team which won the bronze medal at Izu, south of Tokyo, the 24th podium for France.
Among the other finals of the evening in the Olympic stadium which sounds sadly hollow, except for the encouragement of the other members of the delegations, there will be the 200m women.
The meeting promises all the more that all the big favorites will logically be present and in particular the Jamaicans Elaine Thompson-Herah, crowned for the 2nd time on Saturday over 100 m and title holder over 200 m, and her runner-up Shelly-Ann Fraser -Pryce, frustrated by her 2nd place in the 100m.
All eyes will also be on the two hyperandrogenic athletes from Namibia, Beatrice Masilingi (22 sec 40) and Christine Mboma (21 sec 97), 18 years old.
Mboma has exploded this season to become the 7th best performer ever in the 400m at the end of June. But she had to fall back on the U-turn because she can not line up on her preferred distance, being concerned by the regulation on hyperandrogenism.
Since 2019, hyperandrogenic athletes must undergo treatment to lower their testosterone levels for six consecutive months before they can participate in an international competition in the 400m per mile (1,609m).
In team sports, handball players have shown the way to their basketball and volleyball colleagues who, too, enter the phase of choppy matches, with the quarter-finals.
At the very beginning of the morning, Nikola Karabatic and his gang crushed Bahrain (42-28) and are now waiting for their next opponent: it will be Germany or Egypt who face each other in the evening.
After the handball players, it will be the basketball players (5:20 pm local, 10:30 am French). They too have inherited an “affordable” opponent, with Italy.
Finally in the evening, the volleyball players, who survived a slower first round, face a big chunk: the double Polish world champions (9:30 p.m. local, 2:30 p.m.).
In the gym, the spotlight was all on American Simone Biles for this final day.
The four-time Olympic champion in Rio and expected star of these Games was facing a loss of confidence and a phenomenon of loss of landmarks in space which pushed her to stop the competition in the middle of the final of the all-around team competition, at general amazement, then to give up since four finals.
Under maximum pressure, the American superstar ended his grueling week with a bronze medal on beam, his favorite piece of equipment.
Finally it will be the beginnings of climbing after those of surfing and skateboarding in the Olympic program.
In international competitions, climbers compete in three independent events, the “difficulty”, climb as high as possible on a wall of about fifteen meters, the “block”, climbers must climb blocks 4.5 meters high , and the “speed”, to make the best possible time on a course known by heart.
At the Olympics, the Olympic champion will be the most versatile since climbers will link the three disciplines. And with Anouck Jaubert, Julia Chanourdie and the Bassa and Mickaël Mawem brothers, French climbing has given itself the means to bring back medals from Tokyo.