Tokyo Olympics: key moments for the Blues this Saturday

The day after the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, several French people will be showing this Saturday, the first real day of competition. Already winner of two fights, Luka Mkheidze has a chance for a medal. The French cyclists are also hoping to get a good result.

Road cycling, men’s road race (arrival around 10:20 am)

Reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe said earlier in the year that he did not want to travel to Tokyo, for the Olympic Games road race. Having become a father last June, the Frenchman gave priority to his family life after the Tour de France. Without Thibaut Pinot who looks after his back and Romain Bardet who prefers to focus on the Vuelta, coach Thomas Voeckler has chosen to build his team around David Gaudu and Guillaume Martin, the two best French in the general classification of the last Grande Boucle.

If Gaudu and Martin are not favorites against Tadej Pogacar or Wout Van Aert, the Blues may have opportunities to seize in the final. To do this, you will have to pass the difficult Mikuni Pass (6.8km at 10.1% average), the top of which will be located 32 kilometers from the finish. The only representative for the time scheduled for Wednesday, Rémi Cavagna will undoubtedly sacrifice himself for his leaders. Benoit Cosnefroy and Kenny Elissonde are the last two tricolors of the selection. As a reminder, only a maximum of 5 runners are selected per team.

Women’s 3×3 basketball: France-United States (10.55am)

Included in the program of the Tokyo Olympics, 3×3 basketball will be one of the attractions of this fortnight. In women, the French team begins its tournament this Saturday, at the Tokyo Urban Sports Park, against the United States. As a reminder, the meeting promises to be short but intense. To win, you have to wait 21 points or be in the lead after 10 minutes.

8 teams are engaged in a preliminary group stage. The first two will qualify directly for the semi-finals while quarters will be organized for teams from 3rd to 6th position. Ana-Maria Filip, Laëtitia Guapo, Marie-Evet Paget and Mamignan Touré to succeed in their introduction before a second meeting, from this Sunday (10.55am), against the host country.

Judo (-60kg) men (11h)

The France team has a good chance of winning a first medal this Saturday morning. If Oceanne Muller finished 5th earlier this Saturday in the 10-meter air rifle shooting event, judoka Luka Mkheidze surprised his world to reach the semi-final.

For his entry into the contention in the under 60 kg category, the French eliminated the European champion Francisco Garrigos (Spain). Of Georgian origin, Mkheidze went up to the golden score to qualify. In the quarterfinals, it was by ippon that Mkheidze beat the Ukrainian Artem Lesiuk. In the event of a new victory in his half, the Frenchman will be sure to bring home at least one medal.

Men’s volleyball: France-United States (12:40 p.m.)

The French volleyball team begins its Olympic tournament this Saturday, at the Ariake room, against the United States. Coach of the Blues since July 2012, Laurent Tillie will leave his post at the end of these Olympics. Before that, Earvin Ngapeth and his teammates will aim to clinch a medal.

Before the start of serious things, Laurent Tillie gave a mobilizing speech to his players. “We feel the tension, the hand brake, but it is in all team sports, because the deadline is coming, entrusted the coach at the microphone of RMC Sport. I wanted to tell them that we are coming for the Tokyo port tournament, we keep our playing habits and our dynamism, and especially our state of mind, and try to relieve the pressure by thinking only of the ball. “

If they did not attend the opening ceremony this Friday, the Blues know that they are in the “group of death” with in addition to this entry raised against the United States, the presence also of Brazil and Russia (under neutral flag). Tunisia and Argentina also complete this group.

But also…

The tennis tournament also started this Saturday, with Ugo Humbert and Gilles Simon entering the competition this Saturday morning, respectively against Pablo Andujar and Egor Gerasimov. As for swimming, the Bleu (s) will also dive into the Olympic basin this Saturday. Marie Wattel is expected at 12:25 for the 100-meter butterfly heats, a few minutes after Léon Marchand (12:19, 400 m4 medley men). Marie Wattel will also defend the chances of France in a relay at 13:43, in the 4x100m freestyle with Charlotte Bonnet, Beryl Gastaldello and Anouchka Martin.

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