2021 Olympics: Wattel, skate … the highlights of Sunday night


Sunday night for the French team was marked by great performances from Marie Wattel, who broke the French record in the 100-meter butterfly. But no medal was added to the tricolor counter.


Three finals, no medal

The France team’s medal counter was blocked last night. For now, only judoka Luka Mkheidze has won bronze in the under 60 kg category. However, several French were in the final this night or rather this morning in Tokyo. For example, it is difficult to blame Leon Marchand, 6th in the 400 meters medley at only 19 years old.

On the skateboard side, two tricolors made it to the final. but Vincent Milou, who experienced several falls, finally took 4th place. His compatriot Aurélien Giraud finished 6th, after having dominated the qualifications and given hopes of a medal. But the essential seems elsewhere for the discipline, which made its entry in Tokyo in the Olympic planning.


The French Mathilde Lamolle and Céline Goberville, who had succeeded in qualifying on Sunday for the 10m pistol shooting final of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, finished 7th and 8th respectively in the event won by the Russian Vitalina Batsarashkina.

Wattel impresses, better record for fencing

European 100-meter butterfly champion, Marie Wattel impressed during her half this Sunday, exploding the French record and taking first place in her series. In tears after the race, Wattel can now aim for a medal in the final to be held on Monday.

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The other satisfaction of the start of the day is Amandine Buchard, who spent very little time on the tatami to qualify for the semi-finals in the under 52 kg category. Kilian Le Blouch was eliminated in the second round by Japanese favorite Hifumi Abe in the under 66 kg category.

Fencing can also be satisfied with having placed three representatives in the round of 16 with Ysaora Thibus for foil, but also Romain Cannone and Alexandre Bardenet for epee. Despite the good record for the French in fencing, the biggest disappointment of the night is that of Yannick Borel, released in the first round by the Egyptian Mohamed Elsayed.


Murray withdraws, Barty eliminated

Double title holder in tennis singles, Andy Murray was forced to give up defending his chances. The Briton suffers from a contracture in his thigh and prefers for the moment to concentrate on the doubles. On the women’s side, world number 1 Ashleigh Barthy was eliminated in the first round by Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, 48th in the world. For the French, Alizée Cornet was swept away by Karolina Pliskova, where Fiona Ferro overthrew Anastasija Sevastova.


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