The Bleues of hand and basketball fly in half, André De Grasse finally in gold

Tokyo Olympic Games 2021 case

Outbursts and disappointments of this Wednesday at Tokyo. Here is the recap of the day and what to watch for Thursday.

Daily performances Sports co. And France still brilliant in team sport : the French women of handball flew over their quarter against the Netherlands by ten goals (25 – 22), a high level performance at this level, while the Bleues in basketball defeated Spain after a battle fierce (64 – 64) which sends them to the semi-finals. With volleyball players, basketball players and handball players, all qualified for the last four, France has never shone so brightly at the Games. Now remains to be finalized.

Athletics. Since Rio, the Canadian was subscribed to the podiums, never to the highest step (three bronze, one silver). This time, in the final of 200 m , Andre De Grasse, his Martian glasses, his graceful and technical stride, crossed the line before everyone else: the man succeeds Usain Bolt. Five years ago, in the semi-finals, he exchanged a kid’s smile with the Jamaican sprinter even before the end of the race. A magical image, and also a way of showing that he too could evolve in another world. He has just entered it straight on the Tokyo runway.

On the 400 m hurdles, the American Sydney McLaughlin takes the gold and at the same time lowers by almost half a second the record she set in June (52 ″ 45). It is already the third world record of these Olympic Games in athletics after the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas in the triple jump (13, 64 m) and Warholm on 400 m hurdles (44 ″ 87). The climatic conditions and “new generation” shoes are not unrelated to these performances.

Sailing. Bronze for Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retornaz. On the water in the port of Enoshima, the female British, French and Polish dinghy crews 400 engaged in a fierce fight this Wednesday morning in the ultimate regatta of this category of boat. In second place in the general classification, everything was still possible for the French women. But with a sixth position at the end of this last race, the duo recovers the third step of the podium by the game of rules for calculating points.

Disappointments Athletics. Quentin Bigot, that Freed is continuing, has finished fifth of the hammer throw. A place that reflects its season (world number 5). In a very high competition, he curled the 75 meters. The Polish Wojciech Nowicki took the gold with a jet at 80, 52 m. On the decathlon side, the French Kevin Mayer, world champion in 2000 and medalist money in Rio, generally missed his first day: on the verge of tears in the morning (not in the 97 m nor to the length), he caught up with the high jump, admitting just after the test to have taken anti-inflammatory drugs for endure severe back pain. Then collapsed a little on the 400 m. He is provisional fifth before the last tests, this Thursday.

The sides Athletics. Belarusian Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, in conflict with the sports authorities of his country, arrived in Vienna on Wednesday, a stopover before reaching Poland , which granted him a humanitarian visa. The sprinter claimed on Sunday that she escaped forced repatriation to Belarus, a few days after openly criticizing her country’s Athletics Federation during the Tokyo Olympics.

Program: in Tokyo, it’s already tomorrow Athletics. We must follow the rest of the decathlon, Kevin Mayer remaining in the race for a medal, probably not gold. And a lot of finals: those of the triple-jump (4h ), weight (4h 04) and 110 m hurdles men (4h 55 ) walking (15 km and 50 km), the 400 m men (13 h). For women, there will be the pole vault final (10 h 20) and that of heptathlon.

SportsCo. The Blue basketball players face the Slovenian bears (12 h). led by the little prodigy Luka Doncic, who has never known defeat with his selection. A match of lights, for a place in the final, maybe against the United States, who play on their side against Australia. In handball, the French face Egypt (05 h). Finally, the tricolor volleyball players will be battling the Argentines (13 h).

Cycling. Benjamin Thomas, French rider of the Groupama-FDJ , aims at the Izu velodrome l Olympic gold in omnium, a multitasking track event in which he holds the world crown.

The medal table France counts at this stage 24 medals, six in gold (the shooter Jean Quiquampoix, the French men’s foil team and swordsman Romain Cannone in fencing, the mixed team and Clarisse Agbegnenou in judo and the duo Matthieu Androdias-Hugo Boucheron in rowing), ten in silver (swimmer Florent Manaudou, judokas Amandine Buchard, Sarah-Léonie Cysique and Madeleine Malonga, windsurfers Charline Picon and Thomas Goyard, the equi eg France women’s foil and the French women’s saber team in fencing, the French rugby sevens team and the rowers Laura Tarantola and Claire Bové) and nine in bronze (the sailors Camille Lecointre and Aloïse Retournaz in sailing , the team sprint riders, the eventing riders, the judokas Teddy Riner, Romane Dicko and Luka Mkheidze, the mixed triathlon team, the taekwondoist Althéa Laurin, the fencer Manon Brunet).