Three weeks before the start of the Winter Games in Beijing, several chances for French medals shone this weekend.
While the Covid epidemic – 13 resumes again and threatens most competitions, this sports weekend has not escaped health adaptations and several postponements. Despite everything, in alpine skiing, Alexis Pinturault found the podium on the giant of Adelboden. Ditto for Perinne Laffont in mogul skiing on the double round of the World Cup at Mont Tremblant. In biathlon, the French team took third place in the Oberhof mixed relay. So much good news a few weeks before the start of the Beijing Games (4 at 13 February).
CAN 2018: the competition launched in Cameroon, despite health and safety concerns
The start of the African Cup of Nations was given from Yaoundé on Sunday in a festive atmosphere. In an Olembe stadium filled with 34%, the Indomitable Lions responded by managing to win 2-1 against the Stallions of Burkina Faso. A first success signed with the seal of captain Vincent Aboubakar, who converted two penalties. Announced as one of the favorites of the competition, Cameroon did not miss its entry.
CAN 2022: thanks to Vincent Aboubakar , Cameroon does not miss its entry against Burkina Faso https://t.co/2XM3wsZ3rq pic.twitter.com/LCVUpFuF2j
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Winter Olympics: the Blues continue their good preparation
Behind the untouchable Marco Odermatt, winner of four of the five giants of the season including that of Adelboden on Saturday, Alexis Pinturault, 3rd, is picking up some the beast. Bad news, however, for Victor Muffat-Jeandet, victim of a fractured right ankle on the very dangerous Zagreb slalom , last Thursday, and package for the Olympics
Still in alpine skiing, Tessa Worley signed a second podium in a row by finishing 2nd in the giant in Kranjska Gora, Saturday. The champion of 30 years old has just finished 5th, 4th, 1st and therefore 2nd of his last four giants.
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– francetvsport (@francetvsport) January 7, 2018 As for the French biathlon team, several very good performances were achieved this weekend. Friday, the Grenoblois Emilien Jacquelin took second place in the sprint d’Oberhof behind Alexandr Loginov, just like Julia Simon a few minutes later . It is also she who will wear the Blues, Saturday, on the mixed relay with an excellent last pass to grab a third place behind Norway and Belarus. And Sunday, it is Quentin Fillon Maillet who won the pursuit in front of Aleksandr Loginov.
Finally, in mogul skiing, the Olympic champion in 80 in Pyeongchang Perrine Laffont had excellent outings this weekend . Three weeks after her fall at Alpe d’Huez, the world champion shone in Canada with a second place on Friday and a victory on Saturday in the double round of the World Cup at Mont Tremblant.
Australian Open: the Djokovic affair monopolizes all the attention
For five days, we only talked about him. From his questionable medical exemption, his positive Covid test in mid-December – 20 hours before public appearances without the mask – his canceled visa, the political conflict between Australia and Serbia, his presence in the detention center. .. Everything except tennis and the first Grand Slam tournament of the season which is about to start this Sunday. The clap of the end of this “Djokovic affair” intervened in the night from Sunday to Monday, at the end of a hearing scrutinized by the media around the world …
Handball: the Blues lose in Germany for their last match before the Euro 2018
It must be said that the Covid truncated their preparation. 1480244885630468110 The French handball players bowed to the wire against Germany (35 – 34)) for their only friendly match before the Euro 2018, Sunday January 9. Dominated in defense, lacking in rhythm, Guillaume Gille’s men nevertheless came back twenty seconds from the end of the match, before cracking on a final shot from Luca Witzke. On Monday, the French will take up their quarters in Hungary after a bus ride to Szeged, where they will face Croatia on Thursday January (20 h 30) for their first Euro match 2022.