Tokyo Olympics: judo, fencing… French medals


He knew how to react despite his cruel disappointment. Teddy Riner finally wins one of the two bronze medals distributed in the category of more than 100 kilos. After being eliminated in the quarter-finals against the Russian world number one Bashaev, the Frenchman won against the Brazilian Silva then the Japanese Harasawa. Coming for gold, it is all the same his fourth individual Olympic medal, after that of bronze in Beijing, and gold won twice in London and Beijing. “There is frustration. Even if I had the level to go to the final, I am still happy. This is my fourth Olympic medal at 32,” he told journalists from France Télévisions. . The most successful champion in the history of French judo remains “happy to be on the step at each event”. “I was on the highest for a long time, today it has not passed. But there is still Paris 2024 and there is still tomorrow too”, he promises. Already ten times world champion and five times European champion, Teddy Riner remains the most successful champion in the history of his discipline.

She is finally an Olympic champion! Five after her silver medal in Rio, Clarisse Agbégnénou won the gold medal in judo in less than 63 kilos by winning against Slovenian Tina Trstenjak, reigning Olympic champion who had beaten her in 2016. Thanks to a Waza-ari with a golden score, the flag bearer of the French delegation lives up to her status. “Finally! I can’t believe it! I was on a mission to get this gold medal, it wasn’t easy. I don’t even have the words…”, commented the new Olympic champion . A real revenge for the 28-year-old judokate, who had almost ended her career after the announcement of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics for a year. confided the 28-year-old judoka last June in Budapest. Already five times world and European champion, the judoka thus won the only title that was missing from her list.

Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias unlocked the rowing counter for Les Bleus in the double sculls category. Those who only came sixth at the Rio Olympics in 2016 not only won gold, but broke the Olympic record in 6 minutes 33 hundredths of a second. They are ahead of the Dutch and the Chinese, champions of the world. “We did everything physically,” explained the Olympic champions, who believe they have made “a lot of mistakes”. “When it was complicated, I thought of all those who are in the boat with us,” Matthieu Adrodias told France Télévisions. The duo who have been rowing, literally, together since 2015 have already won the titles of world champion in 2018 and European champion in 2018 and 2021.

Cannonissime performance! The Blues won this Sunday, July 25 their first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics thanks to the swordsman Romain Cannone during this second day of the games. The 47th in the world offered an unexpected victory to France by winning 15 touches to 10 against the Hungarian Gergely Siklosi. “I had an incomparable pleasure, I couldn’t even stay seated, because I was ready to play a match again. It’s weird to say, I was ready, I said to myself: ‘Who is the next? ‘. I was really having a good time, I did not see the time slipping by,” the 24-year-old swordsman told the special correspondent of 20 Minutes in Tokyo. The one who was still a little substitute took advantage of the sidelining of Daniel Jérent for a positive diuretic control, the youngest flew over the competition by offering France its first individual title since the foil fencer Brice Guyart and the Games 2004 Olympics.

Another sensation at the start of the Olympic Games, the Blues won in basketball against the American giants. The French pulled off the feat for their first match of the Tokyo Games by winning 83-76 against the American favourite. Two years after having eliminated them from the World Cup, the French team has again shown its superiority against the Americans. “It’s a match won against the best team in the tournament but we mustn’t get carried away. We must stay focused on the match against the Czech Republic in three days. We want to go far but we must remain humble” , told France Televisions Captain Nicolas Batum on France Televisions.

Thanks to a great Evan Fournier, a concrete defense, crucial agility from Nando De Colo (author of 13 points) and a three-point shot in the last seconds from Nicolas Batum, the Blues have achieved the feat and approach their game against the Czechs with confidence. As a reminder, the Americans had not lost a match at the Olympics since 2004 and a defeat against Argentina in the semi-finals.

Amandine Buchard wins silver in judo! The French lost in the final by the Japanese Uta Abe this Sunday, July 25 and thus won the silver medal of the judo tournament of these Tokyo Olympics in the -52 kg category. This is the second medal in judo after the bronze won on Saturday by Luka Mkheidze in the -60 kg category. The world N.2 and reigning European champion had managed a perfect tournament until the final. Despite tears of disappointment at the time of her defeat, the 26-year-old judoka was able to take a step back and rejoice in this silver medal. “I left him his title at home, I’ll go get mine at home,” joked the young woman.