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What if these Blues were simply masters of suspense? After the inaugural slap received against the Mexicans (4-1), the French Olympic football team snatched the 4-3 victory against South Africa on Sunday, July 25 in Saitama, at the Tokyo Games . The French can thank André-Pierre Gignac, author of a hat-trick (57e, 79e, 86e) and Téji Savanier, scorer in added time (90 + 2). The Blues thus temporarily take first place in Group A, before the match between Japan and Mexico.

The South African team had approached this match with a truncated preparation. Two players and a video analyst were diagnosed positive for the coronavirus before the start of the tournament. Twenty-one members of the team were also forced to isolate themselves before the opening of the tournament, after being designated as contact cases.

The bar saves from dull Blues

In the suffocating heat of Saitama, André-Pierre Gignac lit the first fuse with a strike of the left foot, well served by the metronome of this team, Téji Savanier. Intentions confirmed with the first real opportunity (6e minute), on a volley from the left of the world champion Florian Thauvin.

Opposite, a free kick from Luther Singh (15e minute) shone the blue goalkeeper, Paul Bernardoni, author of a superb tap. The South African players then proved more dangerous and took advantage of the mistakes of a revised defense following the match against Mexico, with Pierre Kalulu and Anthony Caci in the center. Evidence Makgopa hit the post in the 22e minute.

The experienced players of the France team then tried to sound the revolt: it was André-Pierre Gignac, served by Florian Thauvin, who scored a first goal. But it was invalidated for an offside. The South Africans will miss the opportunity to open the scoring five minutes from the break on a penalty obtained after a foul by Lucas Tousart: Luther Singh sends his shot on the crossbar of the French goalkeeper. Miraculous Blues therefore return to the locker room without having convinced.

A second hectic period, tripled for Gignac

The second half started very badly for the Blues of Sylvain Ripoll. After a huge misunderstanding between Paul Bernardoni and Clément Michelin, Kobamelo Kodisang opened the scoring by pushing the ball into the empty goal (1-0, 53e minute).

On his bench, the French coach is amorphous, like his players, and does not seem to find the solution to counter the South African ardor. It comes four minutes later from the feet of André-Pierre Gignac. The legend of the Mexican club of Tigers, well served in withdrawal by Kolo Muani, equalizes the flat of the left foot (1-1). The captain of the Blues sets an example in these Games.

But the improvement will not last. On the left side, Kobamelo Kodisang drops Anthony Caci with a hook, center at the near post for Thabo Cele, who takes right to score (2-1, 73e minute).

Once again, the French are led and will wake up thanks to the leader of the team, André-Pierre Gignac. Well served by Clément Michelin, he equalized with a head at close range (2-2, 79e minute).

And this pleasant meeting, despite struggling defenses, will offer a new goal. Two minutes after Gignac’s skull blow, Teboho Mokoena scored with an exceptional shot from the right to 18 meters which cleared the opposite window of Bernardoni (3-2, 81e minute).

Led and therefore eliminated at that time, the Blues will throw all their forces into the battle. Arnaud Nordin is cut down by Ronwen Williams, the South African goalkeeper. And Gignac will again shake the nets with a strong strike from the right in the top corner, for his hat trick and the equalizer in the 86e minute. In additional time, it is Téji Savanier who will, for the first time in the match, allow the Blues to take the advantage, reviving hope of entering the quarter-finals without depending on other results.

At the last minute of added time, Luke Fleurs could equalize but miss the opportunity, yet alone in front of Bernardoni’s goal. The Blues are still in the race for the rest of the competition in Japan. Despite some fears.

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The South African team had approached this match with a truncated preparation. Two players and a video analyst were diagnosed positive for the coronavirus before the start of the tournament. Twenty-one members of the team were also forced to isolate themselves before the opening of the tournament, after being designated as contact cases.

The bar saves from dull Blues

In the suffocating heat of Saitama, André-Pierre Gignac lit the first fuse with a strike of the left foot, well served by the metronome of this team, Téji Savanier. Intentions confirmed with the first real opportunity (6e minute), on a volley from the left of the world champion Florian Thauvin.

Opposite, a free kick from Luther Singh (15e minute) shone the blue goalkeeper, Paul Bernardoni, author of a superb tap. The South African players then proved more dangerous and took advantage of the mistakes of a revised defense following the match against Mexico, with Pierre Kalulu and Anthony Caci in the center. Evidence Makgopa hit the post in the 22e minute.

The experienced players of the France team then tried to sound the revolt: it was André-Pierre Gignac, served by Florian Thauvin, who scored a first goal. But it was invalidated for an offside. The South Africans will miss the opportunity to open the scoring five minutes from the break on a penalty obtained after a foul by Lucas Tousart: Luther Singh sends his shot on the crossbar of the French goalkeeper. Miraculous Blues therefore return to the locker room without having convinced.

A second hectic period, tripled for Gignac

The second half started very badly for the Blues of Sylvain Ripoll. After a huge misunderstanding between Paul Bernardoni and Clément Michelin, Kobamelo Kodisang opened the scoring by pushing the ball into the empty goal (1-0, 53e minute).

On his bench, the French coach is amorphous, like his players, and does not seem to find the solution to counter the South African ardor. It comes four minutes later from the feet of André-Pierre Gignac. The legend of the Mexican club of Tigers, well served in withdrawal by Kolo Muani, equalizes the flat of the left foot (1-1). The captain of the Blues sets an example in these Games.

But the improvement will not last. On the left side, Kobamelo Kodisang drops Anthony Caci with a hook, center at the near post for Thabo Cele, who takes right to score (2-1, 73e minute).

Once again, the French are led and will wake up thanks to the leader of the team, André-Pierre Gignac. Well served by Clément Michelin, he equalized with a head at close range (2-2, 79e minute).

And this pleasant meeting, despite struggling defenses, will offer a new goal. Two minutes after Gignac’s skull blow, Teboho Mokoena scored with an exceptional shot from the right to 18 meters which cleared the opposite window of Bernardoni (3-2, 81e minute).

Led and therefore eliminated at that time, the Blues will throw all their forces into the battle. Arnaud Nordin is cut down by Ronwen Williams, the South African goalkeeper. And Gignac will again shake the nets with a strong strike from the right in the top corner, for his hat trick and the equalizer in the 86e minute. In additional time, it is Téji Savanier who will, for the first time in the match, allow the Blues to take the advantage, reviving hope of entering the quarter-finals without depending on other results.

At the last minute of added time, Luke Fleurs could equalize but miss the opportunity, yet alone in front of Bernardoni’s goal. The Blues are still in the race for the rest of the competition in Japan. Despite some fears.

Our selection of articles on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

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Wait, the head of mission of the Tunisian delegation has a call: ” mom ” Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui, he explains. It is around noon in Japan, and 4 a.m. in Tunisia, Sunday July 25. The family already knows. The child, or let’s say the very young man, is an Olympic swimming champion.

The swimmer is 18 years old and has a rather rare red and white swimming flag on his T-shirt. Especially at the moment of stepping on the podium. At a time ” surprised ” and ” very proud “, the sportsman especially amazed the competition in the final of the 400m freestyle (3’43”36), starting with that of the Australian Jack McLoughlin (3’43”52) and the American Kieran Smith ( 3’43”94). He started from plot 8, synonymous with the last time among the qualifiers. Here he is back with shorts, T-shirt, mask and gold medal.

Panic in the press gallery: but who is he? The high school student was already born, all the same, during Tunisia’s only Olympic medals in swimming so far. Osama Mellouli, a “Legend” for the neochampion, had won three over long distance: one in Beijing in 2008 (gold over 1,500 meters), two in London in 2012 (gold over 10 kilometers and bronze over 1,500 meters).

“Congratulations to all the Tunisian people”

Four medals for Tunisia in swimming in the history of the Games. Seven for Zimbabwe, including two titles. Twelve for South Africa, including four titles. And that’s all. Response from the Tunisian: “In Africa, I think that if we do a lot of swimming pools, we will find a lot of champions. ” So far, Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui is still training in the country. Leading, he cites two pools with Olympic standards, in Tunis and Radès.

“A Tunisian-Tunisian product! “, jubile Mehrez Boussayene. The president of the National Olympic Committee of Tunisia was at the finish line to accompany the medalist in front of the journalists. Very present to greet, in all solemnity, “A great success for Tunisian, Arab, African and Mediterranean sport”. As an aside, other members of the delegation make us understand that he alone will speak after the athlete.

So let’s listen to the inexhaustible former magistrate: “Congratulations to this young person, to Tunisia and to all the Tunisian people. It took a few good technicians to transform this rough diamond into an exceptional diamond. “

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Wait, the head of mission of the Tunisian delegation has a call: ” mom ” Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui, he explains. It is around noon in Japan, and 4 a.m. in Tunisia, Sunday July 25. The family already knows. The child, or let’s say the very young man, is an Olympic swimming champion.

The swimmer is 18 years old and has a rather rare red and white swimming flag on his T-shirt. Especially at the moment of stepping on the podium. At a time ” surprised ” and ” very proud “, the sportsman especially amazed the competition in the final of the 400m freestyle (3’43”36), starting with that of the Australian Jack McLoughlin (3’43”52) and the American Kieran Smith ( 3’43”94). He started from plot 8, synonymous with the last time among the qualifiers. Here he is back with shorts, T-shirt, mask and gold medal.

Panic in the press gallery: but who is he? The high school student was already born, all the same, during Tunisia’s only Olympic medals in swimming so far. Osama Mellouli, a “Legend” for the neochampion, had won three over long distance: one in Beijing in 2008 (gold over 1,500 meters), two in London in 2012 (gold over 10 kilometers and bronze over 1,500 meters).

“Congratulations to all the Tunisian people”

Four medals for Tunisia in swimming in the history of the Games. Seven for Zimbabwe, including two titles. Twelve for South Africa, including four titles. And that’s all. Response from the Tunisian: “In Africa, I think that if we do a lot of swimming pools, we will find a lot of champions. ” So far, Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui is still training in the country. Leading, he cites two pools with Olympic standards, in Tunis and Radès.

“A Tunisian-Tunisian product! “, jubile Mehrez Boussayene. The president of the National Olympic Committee of Tunisia was at the finish line to accompany the medalist in front of the journalists. Very present to greet, in all solemnity, “A great success for Tunisian, Arab, African and Mediterranean sport”. As an aside, other members of the delegation make us understand that he alone will speak after the athlete.

So let’s listen to the inexhaustible former magistrate: “Congratulations to this young person, to Tunisia and to all the Tunisian people. It took a few good technicians to transform this rough diamond into an exceptional diamond. “

You have 40.9% of this article left to read. The rest is for subscribers only.

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By dint of chaining the bowls, Yuto Horigome could almost have got into the kitchen. Instead, the young Japanese (22 years old) became, on Sunday July 25, the first Olympic skateboarding champion (in street). A coronation at home, for a figure respected by his peers. “As long as I’m not on the top step, I’m glad it’s him. “Yuto”, he really skates for fun, breathed Frenchman Vincent Milou, who finished at the foot of the podium (4e). It represents skateboarding as a whole. “

In the background, the one who feared, before the competition, that skateboarding would lose its soul by being incorporated into the great Olympic circus, targets the Americans Jagger Eaton (3e) and Nyjah Huston (7e), whose excessive competitiveness does not always pass in the middle.

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Sacred at the end of a breathtaking final – both by its course and by the overwhelming heat hitting its participants – Yuto Horigome will have recovered from a complicated start to the session. In a test combining two “runs” (free sequences) and five “tricks” (a single figure, sort of double or quits), the Japanese got off to a bad start. And his ratings quickly put him behind the leaders, like Nyjah Huston, imperial early in the final. Fallen on his “runs”, “Yuto” did not give up. During the warm-up preceding the second part of the final, he tried tricks, all concluded in the same way: the four irons in the air.

Discovering skateboarding, a new Olympic sport, the world public was able to realize that a final is only played when all the participants have passed. Because, in skateboarding, the slightest mistake has to be paid for, and a well-started skateboarder can become a fanny. Like Huston, finally 7e, Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, best result of the qualifying phase, can attest to this. “The heat, the fatigue, the pressure, the fact of being qualified first, that maybe gives you overconfidence. And if we lose our focus a little, that doesn’t forgive ”, blows the one who finished disappointed and at the 6e place.

Before the coronation, Yuto Horigome collected the falls.

“A new start for me”

In the furnace of a skatepark under the midday sun, Horigome stood up and proved unstoppable. “When I pulled off the third trick, it was a new start for me, relished the winner after the medal ceremony. I had tried it several times, to no avail, but when I passed it, it changed everything. ” Confidently, he wrapped up the final in style, clinching the third title for Japan in the Games at home.

“I was born in Tokyo, so winning here is really amazing”, recounted the skateboarder, who, like the Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler, silver medalist, has “Ensured the show and well represented the skate”, according to Aurélien Giraud. If the Japanese capital is not the most welcoming city for skateboards – a “no skateboard” sign can be read not far from the location of the Olympic skatepark – its new champion should help popularize the discipline.

For the Blues, feelings are mixed at the end of this first Olympic final. Hardly in legs in qualifying, the Landais Vincent Milou “Had a blast” in the final, passed ” in [sa] bubble “, where he was able to develop his skateboard. Less happy, Aurélien Giraud never really entered the final, after having flown over the qualifications. Breathing finally, after having suffered – like all the others – under the dodger, the two make an appointment in three years.

“In Paris, it should be less hot. And we will ask the organizers not to make us start at 8 am ”, anticipates Giraud. Like Yuto Horigome, having tasted the Games gives you an appetite. For a first, despite the absence of an audience that could have celebrated its champion, skateboarding passed its entrance exam.

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By dint of chaining the bowls, Yuto Horigome could almost have got into the kitchen. Instead, the young Japanese (22 years old) became, on Sunday July 25, the first Olympic skateboarding champion (in street). A coronation at home, for a figure respected by his peers. “As long as I’m not on the top step, I’m glad it’s him. “Yuto”, he really skates for fun, breathed Frenchman Vincent Milou, who finished at the foot of the podium (4e). It represents skateboarding as a whole. “

In the background, the one who feared, before the competition, that skateboarding would lose its soul by being incorporated into the great Olympic circus, targets the Americans Jagger Eaton (3e) and Nyjah Huston (7e), whose excessive competitiveness does not always pass in the middle.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympics: skateboarding hopes not to lose its soul

Sacred at the end of a breathtaking final – both by its course and by the overwhelming heat hitting its participants – Yuto Horigome will have recovered from a complicated start to the session. In a test combining two “runs” (free sequences) and five “tricks” (a single figure, sort of double or quits), the Japanese got off to a bad start. And his ratings quickly put him behind the leaders, like Nyjah Huston, imperial early in the final. Fallen on his “runs”, “Yuto” did not give up. During the warm-up preceding the second part of the final, he tried tricks, all concluded in the same way: the four irons in the air.

Discovering skateboarding, a new Olympic sport, the world public was able to realize that a final is only played when all the participants have passed. Because, in skateboarding, the slightest mistake has to be paid for, and a well-started skateboarder can become a fanny. Like Huston, finally 7e, Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, best result of the qualifying phase, can attest to this. “The heat, the fatigue, the pressure, the fact of being qualified first, that maybe gives you overconfidence. And if we lose our focus a little, that doesn’t forgive ”, blows the one who finished disappointed and at the 6e place.

Before the coronation, Yuto Horigome collected the falls.

“A new start for me”

In the furnace of a skatepark under the midday sun, Horigome stood up and proved unstoppable. “When I pulled off the third trick, it was a new start for me, relished the winner after the medal ceremony. I had tried it several times, to no avail, but when I passed it, it changed everything. ” Confidently, he wrapped up the final in style, clinching the third title for Japan in the Games at home.

“I was born in Tokyo, so winning here is really amazing”, recounted the skateboarder, who, like the Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler, silver medalist, has “Ensured the show and well represented the skate”, according to Aurélien Giraud. If the Japanese capital is not the most welcoming city for skateboards – a “no skateboard” sign can be read not far from the location of the Olympic skatepark – its new champion should help popularize the discipline.

For the Blues, feelings are mixed at the end of this first Olympic final. Hardly in legs in qualifying, the Landais Vincent Milou “Had a blast” in the final, passed ” in [sa] bubble “, where he was able to develop his skateboard. Less happy, Aurélien Giraud never really entered the final, after having flown over the qualifications. Breathing finally, after having suffered – like all the others – under the dodger, the two make an appointment in three years.

“In Paris, it should be less hot. And we will ask the organizers not to make us start at 8 am ”, anticipates Giraud. Like Yuto Horigome, having tasted the Games gives you an appetite. For a first, despite the absence of an audience that could have celebrated its champion, skateboarding passed its entrance exam.

Our selection of articles on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

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Zambian striker Kalusha Bwalya during a Zambia-Mozambique match in Burkina, in February 1998.

This September 19, 1988, the Italians must have found a bitter taste in their morning espresso. It was at breakfast time, with jet lag, that they witnessed the crushing defeat of their national team, at the Olympic Games in Seoul, against Zambia, with a clear score of 4-0. In a country where football is a very serious matter, this underwear has trouble getting through. Italy, despite the presence of many players from Juventus Turin, Naples or AC Milan, has just suffered a historic affront inflicted by a bunch of strangers, divided between Zambia for the majority of them, Belgium and Switzerland.

The Chipolopolo – the Zambian team’s nickname which means “copper balls” – have achieved the greatest national sporting feat since gaining independence in 1964. And one man more than others embodies this pride of an entire country. His name is Kalusha Bwalya. The 25-year-old striker has built a small reputation at Cercle Brugge, Belgium, where he landed in 1985 from his hometown club Mufulira United. Before facing Italy in Gwangju, 270 kilometers from Seoul, Zambia was however held in check by Iraq (2-2), while the Transalpines beat too naive Guatemalans (5-2).

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The Squadra Azzura, of course, cannot lose. For all specialists in international football, this is a crazy assumption. ” But that day, Zambia arguably played their best football in at least a decade. Bwalya recalls. The striker, with a left foot that will later delight PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) and America Mexico (Mexico), surprises the Italians for the first time by scoring just before half-time. Juventus Turin goalkeeper Stefano Tacconi was unaware that his nightmare had only just begun.

Ten minutes after the regulatory quarter of an hour of rest, Kalusha Bwalya, on a free kick yet eccentric, plunges Italy a little more into doubt. ” This goal gave us even more confidence. We felt like we were very strong, that our opponent couldn’t come back », Says the striker. A namesake, Johnson Bwalya, continues the epic by scoring the third goal. And Kalusha, who has decided to be the hero of the day, goes for his hat-trick in the last moments of a match “Which we will talk about for generations”.

Memorable soap

The world is surprised by the magnitude of the score, without really knowing if Zambia was really exceptional or if Italy, too sure of itself, missed the meeting. ” We surprised ourselves. I think a lot of people found out about Zambia that day! », Describes Bwalya. The Italians, ashamed and upset, go straight to the locker room where their coach, Francesco Rocca, passed them, according to legend, a memorable soap.

Meanwhile, the Chipolopolo, who have rallied the originally neutral South Korean spectators to their cause, savor their performance by staying long minutes on the lawn of Mudeug Stadium. ” We had come to South Korea with no real goal other than to leave a good impression and do our best., continues the one who would later become president of the Zambian Federation. I think our performance gave confidence to other African selections for the following Olympics. An allusion to Nigeria and Cameroon, crowned Olympic champions in 1996 and 2000.

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Two days after the feat, Zambia will correct Guatemala (4-0) with two new goals from Kalusha Bwalya, before falling heavily in the quarter-finals against a Germany that was still called RFA (0-4), and future bronze medalist: ” The Germans were probably suspicious of us after our victory against Italy. They scored very quickly, took advantage of our little mistakes in concentration, but this loss will never erase what we did in South Korea. »

The history of this amazing Zambian team will also be marked by tragedy. On April 27, 1993, 500 meters from the Gabonese coast, opposite Libreville, the plane carrying the twenty-five members of the Zambian delegation and five crew members crashed in the Atlantic because of an error in piloting. All the passengers were killed, including eighteen footballers. Six of them had participated in the Seoul Olympics. ” We lost some very promising players, a whole generation. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about them », Sighs the hero of Seoul. As a fair return of fate, in 2012, Zambia became African champion, in Libreville precisely.

Summary of our series “These Africans who made the Olympics”

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Zambian striker Kalusha Bwalya during a Zambia-Mozambique match in Burkina, in February 1998.

This September 19, 1988, the Italians must have found a bitter taste in their morning espresso. It was at breakfast time, with jet lag, that they witnessed the crushing defeat of their national team, at the Olympic Games in Seoul, against Zambia, with a clear score of 4-0. In a country where football is a very serious matter, this underwear has trouble getting through. Italy, despite the presence of many players from Juventus Turin, Naples or AC Milan, has just suffered a historic affront inflicted by a bunch of strangers, divided between Zambia for the majority of them, Belgium and Switzerland.

The Chipolopolo – the Zambian team’s nickname which means “copper balls” – have achieved the greatest national sporting feat since gaining independence in 1964. And one man more than others embodies this pride of an entire country. His name is Kalusha Bwalya. The 25-year-old striker has built a small reputation at Cercle Brugge, Belgium, where he landed in 1985 from his hometown club Mufulira United. Before facing Italy in Gwangju, 270 kilometers from Seoul, Zambia was however held in check by Iraq (2-2), while the Transalpines beat too naive Guatemalans (5-2).

Episode 1 Ethiopian Abebe Bikila, barefoot marathoner and first black African Olympic champion

The Squadra Azzura, of course, cannot lose. For all specialists in international football, this is a crazy assumption. ” But that day, Zambia arguably played their best football in at least a decade. Bwalya recalls. The striker, with a left foot that will later delight PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) and America Mexico (Mexico), surprises the Italians for the first time by scoring just before half-time. Juventus Turin goalkeeper Stefano Tacconi was unaware that his nightmare had only just begun.

Ten minutes after the regulatory quarter of an hour of rest, Kalusha Bwalya, on a free kick yet eccentric, plunges Italy a little more into doubt. ” This goal gave us even more confidence. We felt like we were very strong, that our opponent couldn’t come back », Says the striker. A namesake, Johnson Bwalya, continues the epic by scoring the third goal. And Kalusha, who has decided to be the hero of the day, goes for his hat-trick in the last moments of a match “Which we will talk about for generations”.

Memorable soap

The world is surprised by the magnitude of the score, without really knowing if Zambia was really exceptional or if Italy, too sure of itself, missed the meeting. ” We surprised ourselves. I think a lot of people found out about Zambia that day! », Describes Bwalya. The Italians, ashamed and upset, go straight to the locker room where their coach, Francesco Rocca, passed them, according to legend, a memorable soap.

Meanwhile, the Chipolopolo, who have rallied the originally neutral South Korean spectators to their cause, savor their performance by staying long minutes on the lawn of Mudeug Stadium. ” We had come to South Korea with no real goal other than to leave a good impression and do our best., continues the one who would later become president of the Zambian Federation. I think our performance gave confidence to other African selections for the following Olympics. An allusion to Nigeria and Cameroon, crowned Olympic champions in 1996 and 2000.

Episode 2 Moroccan sprinter Nawal el-Moutawakel, first all category

Two days after the feat, Zambia will correct Guatemala (4-0) with two new goals from Kalusha Bwalya, before falling heavily in the quarter-finals against a Germany that was still called RFA (0-4), and future bronze medalist: ” The Germans were probably suspicious of us after our victory against Italy. They scored very quickly, took advantage of our little mistakes in concentration, but this loss will never erase what we did in South Korea. »

The history of this amazing Zambian team will also be marked by tragedy. On April 27, 1993, 500 meters from the Gabonese coast, opposite Libreville, the plane carrying the twenty-five members of the Zambian delegation and five crew members crashed in the Atlantic because of an error in piloting. All the passengers were killed, including eighteen footballers. Six of them had participated in the Seoul Olympics. ” We lost some very promising players, a whole generation. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about them », Sighs the hero of Seoul. As a fair return of fate, in 2012, Zambia became African champion, in Libreville precisely.

Summary of our series “These Africans who made the Olympics”

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In 2016, a shower of medals celebrated the triumph of French boxers in Rio: six Olympic charms, including two in gold for the couple Tony Yoka and Estelle Mossely. These unexpected results – after the zero point in London, in 2012 – had highlighted French boxing, unaccustomed to such a party.

In Tokyo, during the pugilistic tournament which began Saturday July 24 and which ends Sunday August 8, the celebrations should be more modest. Already because there are only five French boxers in Japan – more than four after the elimination in the first round of the first Frenchman Samuel Kistohurry (- 57 kg) – and also because the France team is no longer the same as in 2016 (there were ten in Brazil). At 26, Sofiane Oumiah is the last man in Rio. The 2016 Olympic vice-champion, who has meanwhile become world champion, will be the French tricolor’s main chance for a gold medal.

Head coach of the Blues five years ago, still in office, John Dovi distinguishes the two editions. “I don’t think of Rio at all, he assures. But it’s okay for people to compare. As soon as we got back from Brazil, they would tell us: “You have six medals, we will have to do seven next time.” ” A requirement now impossible to meet given the number of French entries, even if Billal Bennama (- 52 kg) or Maïva Hamadouche (- 60 kg), the only qualified boxer, will have a card to play.

Read also 2016 Olympics: medals at the end of their fists

New president of the French Boxing Federation (FFBoxe), elected in March, Dominique Nato recalls the impact of Covid-19 on the qualification process. “In Rio, there were three qualifying tournaments. This year there was only one. Three or four of our boxers would have been able to “scratch” their place., explains the ex-coach of Brahim Asloum during the 2000 Olympics. But the five present practically all have a chance to win a medal… ”

“The federation did not know how to exploit the medals in Rio”

If French boxing should not leave Tokyo fanny, it will struggle to generate as much enthusiasm as its previous collective – self-dubbed “Team Solid”. “After Rio, the halls were full. Everyone was talking about our achievement, remembers Sofiane Oumiah, who runs a club in Toulouse. The federation knew how to use this enthusiasm at the beginning but after that it was complicated, especially with the Covid. Boxing has always been a particular sport in France. When we see that we speak badly of a champion like Tony Yoka… ”

Read also Boxing: first belt among the pros for Tony Yoka, who wins the European Union title

Returning triumphant from its transatlantic crossing, French boxing was, in 2016, legitimate to imagine itself in a big way. Five years later, the situation is quite different, analyzes the retired boxer Sarah Ourahmoune, Olympic vice-champion in Rio. “The federation did not know how to use the medals in Rio, which is a shame because it was quite exceptional. There was no work done to have more licensees and prepare future generations of boxers, regrets the one who, at 39, has been vice-president of the FFBoxe since the election in March. We should have worked on communication. All the members of “Team Solid” were not at all asked to continue to pass on good messages around boxing. “

“Rio will have served to demonize our sport,” says coach John Dovi

For its president, Dominique Nato, former vice-president in the outgoing mandate, the results are necessarily less gloomy. “Rio was not a missed opportunity. It has showcased our sport to the general public and developed feminization, for example, he advances. I sincerely believe that boxers have been as good in the ring as they are outside the ring. Private clubs have benefited from this, especially with a different audience, white collar workers. It is not all bad. “

John Dovi, who is preparing to lead the Blues for the last time in Tokyo, recognizes that the federation “Did not know or could not” transform Rio into a positive dynamic. But for the man on the ground, it was perhaps first necessary to get boxing out of its compartmentalization: “Rio will have served to demonize our sport. It must be said that this was the necessary process so that people were less afraid of it and put their children in a ring., wants to believe the coach. All that we will do now that is good will allow French boxing to show that Rio was not an exceptional case. “

Numerous worksites

A newcomer to responsibilities, Sarah Ourahmoune embodies a welcome renewal within federal authorities – which she considers “Still incomplete” (half of the steering committee was already part of the previous one). “We are going to rely on the experience of the former, but the challenge is to convince them that things must be modernized, militates the former champion. I agreed to join this team because I felt in the president’s speech that he was aware of this and that he wants to. ”

A voluntarism confirmed by Dominique Nato: “I am not of her generation, I was also in the previous team but I understand Sarah’s reflection and I share it: this federation must move forward and modernize. “

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Sarah Ourahmoune, Olympic boxing medalist: “We must take our place without waiting for it to be given to us”

There are many projects: the pursuit of feminization, that of professionalization, the improvement of training or even the digitization project. The latter is symptomatic of a certain immobility, according to Sarah Ourahmoune: “Everything is done on paper, by hand, at the end of a fight. When I started at 14, it was like that. It hasn’t budged. And around the rings, they are always the same. “

Especially since the 2024 Olympics make French sports federations feverish. “We are also investing in the future: the Games in Paris are once every hundred years. We must not miss them ”, assumes President Nato. Eight years after Rio and whatever happens in Tokyo, boxing would especially not want to miss another Olympic carnival in Paris.

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In 2016, a shower of medals celebrated the triumph of French boxers in Rio: six Olympic charms, including two in gold for the couple Tony Yoka and Estelle Mossely. These unexpected results – after the zero point in London, in 2012 – had highlighted French boxing, unaccustomed to such a party.

In Tokyo, during the pugilistic tournament which began Saturday July 24 and which ends Sunday August 8, the celebrations should be more modest. Already because there are only five French boxers in Japan – more than four after the elimination in the first round of the first Frenchman Samuel Kistohurry (- 57 kg) – and also because the France team is no longer the same as in 2016 (there were ten in Brazil). At 26, Sofiane Oumiah is the last man in Rio. The 2016 Olympic vice-champion, who has meanwhile become world champion, will be the French tricolor’s main chance for a gold medal.

Head coach of the Blues five years ago, still in office, John Dovi distinguishes the two editions. “I don’t think of Rio at all, he assures. But it’s okay for people to compare. As soon as we got back from Brazil, they would tell us: “You have six medals, we will have to do seven next time.” ” A requirement now impossible to meet given the number of French entries, even if Billal Bennama (- 52 kg) or Maïva Hamadouche (- 60 kg), the only qualified boxer, will have a card to play.

Read also 2016 Olympics: medals at the end of their fists

New president of the French Boxing Federation (FFBoxe), elected in March, Dominique Nato recalls the impact of Covid-19 on the qualification process. “In Rio, there were three qualifying tournaments. This year there was only one. Three or four of our boxers would have been able to “scratch” their place., explains the ex-coach of Brahim Asloum during the 2000 Olympics. But the five present practically all have a chance to win a medal… ”

“The federation did not know how to exploit the medals in Rio”

If French boxing should not leave Tokyo fanny, it will struggle to generate as much enthusiasm as its previous collective – self-dubbed “Team Solid”. “After Rio, the halls were full. Everyone was talking about our achievement, remembers Sofiane Oumiah, who runs a club in Toulouse. The federation knew how to use this enthusiasm at the beginning but after that it was complicated, especially with the Covid. Boxing has always been a particular sport in France. When we see that we speak badly of a champion like Tony Yoka… ”

Read also Boxing: first belt among the pros for Tony Yoka, who wins the European Union title

Returning triumphant from its transatlantic crossing, French boxing was, in 2016, legitimate to imagine itself in a big way. Five years later, the situation is quite different, analyzes the retired boxer Sarah Ourahmoune, Olympic vice-champion in Rio. “The federation did not know how to use the medals in Rio, which is a shame because it was quite exceptional. There was no work done to have more licensees and prepare future generations of boxers, regrets the one who, at 39, has been vice-president of the FFBoxe since the election in March. We should have worked on communication. All the members of “Team Solid” were not at all asked to continue to pass on good messages around boxing. “

“Rio will have served to demonize our sport,” says coach John Dovi

For its president, Dominique Nato, former vice-president in the outgoing mandate, the results are necessarily less gloomy. “Rio was not a missed opportunity. It has showcased our sport to the general public and developed feminization, for example, he advances. I sincerely believe that boxers have been as good in the ring as they are outside the ring. Private clubs have benefited from this, especially with a different audience, white collar workers. It is not all bad. “

John Dovi, who is preparing to lead the Blues for the last time in Tokyo, recognizes that the federation “Did not know or could not” transform Rio into a positive dynamic. But for the man on the ground, it was perhaps first necessary to get boxing out of its compartmentalization: “Rio will have served to demonize our sport. It must be said that this was the necessary process so that people were less afraid of it and put their children in a ring., wants to believe the coach. All that we will do now that is good will allow French boxing to show that Rio was not an exceptional case. “

Numerous worksites

A newcomer to responsibilities, Sarah Ourahmoune embodies a welcome renewal within federal authorities – which she considers “Still incomplete” (half of the steering committee was already part of the previous one). “We are going to rely on the experience of the former, but the challenge is to convince them that things must be modernized, militates the former champion. I agreed to join this team because I felt in the president’s speech that he was aware of this and that he wants to. ”

A voluntarism confirmed by Dominique Nato: “I am not of her generation, I was also in the previous team but I understand Sarah’s reflection and I share it: this federation must move forward and modernize. “

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Sarah Ourahmoune, Olympic boxing medalist: “We must take our place without waiting for it to be given to us”

There are many projects: the pursuit of feminization, that of professionalization, the improvement of training or even the digitization project. The latter is symptomatic of a certain immobility, according to Sarah Ourahmoune: “Everything is done on paper, by hand, at the end of a fight. When I started at 14, it was like that. It hasn’t budged. And around the rings, they are always the same. “

Especially since the 2024 Olympics make French sports federations feverish. “We are also investing in the future: the Games in Paris are once every hundred years. We must not miss them ”, assumes President Nato. Eight years after Rio and whatever happens in Tokyo, boxing would especially not want to miss another Olympic carnival in Paris.

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Back to the events of the day.

Olympic “history” will remember that it is the Chinese Qian Yang, who picked up, on Saturday, the first gold medal of these Games (10 meter air rifle shooting).

The first French charm came from the Tokyo tatami mats, with the bronze obtained by Luka Mkheidze in the category of less than 60 kg. Beaten in the semi-final by the Taiwanese Yung Wei Yang, the judoka was able to re-mobilize to win against Korean Kim Won-jin in the golden score and unlock the French counter. A beautiful story for the former Georgian refugee, naturalized French in 2015.

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A little earlier in the day, for his first Games at only 18 years old, Oceanne Muller had almost created a sensation during the final of the rifle at 10 meters. The young shooter passed the qualifications brilliantly, before finishing in 5th place, after less precise shots at the end of the competition. A superb first Olympic experience for the young Alsatian baccalaureate, who had obtained her Olympic qualification on the wire a few weeks ago, thanks to a title of European champion.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games: the beautiful promises of the shooter Océanne Muller

He was expected and did not disappoint. The French gymnast and flag bearer Samir Aït Said passed the rings qualifying without a hitch. Seriously injured in Rio, he did not tremble during the realization of his new movement. He took third place, synonymous with qualifying for the final of the competition on August 2. “SAS” is the last survivor of the French gym, after the eliminations of Cyril Tommasone and Loris Frasca.

On the side of disappointments, judoka Shirine Boukli was eliminated in qualifying, beaten by Serbian Milica Nikolic in the under 48 kg category. Serial heads number 2, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert left the Olympic tennis tournament in the first round, sharply beaten by the British pair Andy Murray-Joe Salisbury (6-3, 6-2).

Hungarian swordsman Aron Szilagyi became a legend, becoming the first fencer to win three consecutive individual Olympic titles.

And also…

The French handball players signed a great victory for their entry into contention against Argentina (33-27). It is a zero point on the other hand for the fencers, with the setbacks of Corlaine Vitalis with the sword and Bolade Apithy in saber, from the qualifications.

Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz took gold in road cycling, while the two-time Olympic gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura fell in qualifying on high bar.

Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games: the calendar of events, the results, the medal table

Discover the menu of tomorrow.

The night of Saturday to Sunday July 25 (for us in the French metropolis) will see the entry in the running of several contenders for the Olympic podium.

Judoka Amandine Buchard, the reigning European champion, will line up in the round of 16 under 52 kg around 5.30 a.m. KST. In fencing, It is Yannick Borel, Olympic team champion in Rio in 2016, who will face Egyptian Mohamed Elsayed at 6:10 am in the round of 16 in the individual épée.

the skate made its big entry into the Olympic program, with the start of the “street” events. Vincent Milou, champion of Europe and France, will be one of the men to follow. Beginning of hostilities at 1:30 a.m. before the eventual final at around 5 a.m. in mainland France.

Side swimming, the first medals will fall overnight, with several finals. In 400m medley, the youngster Leon Marchand (19 years old) will be the only French representative. It will start at 3:30 in the morning. “I have nothing more to lose, I am entering the final at the Games. I’m going to enjoy it and then we’ll see ” did he declare. No tricolors in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final, nor in the men’s 400m freestyle final.

One of the highlights will take place at 2 p.m., with the shock of the first round of men’s basketball, France-United States. The Blues had won in the last clash against the Americans, in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Worlds (79-89). The case promises to be more complicated against Durant, Lillard and others.

And also…

The second game of the football men’s Brazilian, Olympic champion in Rio against Côte d’Ivoire (10 hours), the quarter-finals in Table tennis mixed, with the French pair Lebesson-Yuan (4 h 15).

Without forgetting the finals in weightlifting, with the French Bernardin Matam in the category of less than 67 kg (4 h 50).

The Games in an animated shot.

The tremendous joy of French judoka Luka Mkheidze, after his victory against Korean Kim Won-jin, synonymous with bronze medal in judo. The first for France in its Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

The Olympians at the microphone.

“He’s really not a classy boxer…”

Samuel Kistohurry is an angry man. Eliminated in the round of 16 in the -57 kg boxing category by the American Duke Ragan, he saw the latter celebrate his victory by giving him fingers of honor. A not very Olympic attitude and which frustrated the French even more, believing that he had lost to less strong than him. “I am disgusted to be eliminated. The American refused the fight, he was not at the level. He’s really not a classy boxer ” Samuel Kistohurry confessed bitterly.

Snapshots from our special envoys.

On the road.

Great moment of solitude. No passenger with whom to talk about the rain (there was one, very short, Saturday morning) and the good weather (what a dodger the rest of the day!). This shuttle left around 2:50 p.m. from the MTM, the “Medial Transport Mall”, bringing together a whole bunch of supercharged buses to take journalists to the Olympic venues. Including the Tokyo International Forum for weightlifting, in this case, a good half hour drive. For now – if we dare say – the record goes to fencing: a good three quarters of an hour to another convention center, the Makuhari Messe. Hall B for fencing, hall A for taekwondo, wifi for everyone. Athletes also have their shuttle, but bound for the Olympic Village. Two per hour for fencers. And three between 11 p.m. and midnight, honor to the finalists.

While the French basketball team must face the American ogre for the first match of the men’s tournament on Sunday, nine members of its staff are already facing the virus. The National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) issued a statement to explain that part of the staff was sidelined, considered as a potential “contact case” by the Japanese authorities: a passenger on the flight to Japan, in which had embarked the tricolor staff, tested positive. Despite a very distant position, the supervisors were isolated “In compliance with health procedures and all protective measures have been taken: saliva tests from July 14, then daily nasopharyngeal PCR tests and isolation from July 19”, detailed the CNOSF. No player is affected. The delegation hopes that the restrictions will be lifted, as tests carried out since July 14 have been negative.

Our selection of articles on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

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Back to the events of the day.

Olympic “history” will remember that it is the Chinese Qian Yang, who picked up, on Saturday, the first gold medal of these Games (10 meter air rifle shooting).

The first French charm came from the Tokyo tatami mats, with the bronze obtained by Luka Mkheidze in the category of less than 60 kg. Beaten in the semi-final by the Taiwanese Yung Wei Yang, the judoka was able to re-mobilize to win against Korean Kim Won-jin in the golden score and unlock the French counter. A beautiful story for the former Georgian refugee, naturalized French in 2015.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games: Luka Mkheidze, bronze “safe haven” for French judo

A little earlier in the day, for his first Games at only 18 years old, Oceanne Muller had almost created a sensation during the final of the rifle at 10 meters. The young shooter passed the qualifications brilliantly, before finishing in 5th place, after less precise shots at the end of the competition. A superb first Olympic experience for the young Alsatian baccalaureate, who had obtained her Olympic qualification on the wire a few weeks ago, thanks to a title of European champion.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games: the beautiful promises of the shooter Océanne Muller

He was expected and did not disappoint. The French gymnast and flag bearer Samir Aït Said passed the rings qualifying without a hitch. Seriously injured in Rio, he did not tremble during the realization of his new movement. He took third place, synonymous with qualifying for the final of the competition on August 2. “SAS” is the last survivor of the French gym, after the eliminations of Cyril Tommasone and Loris Frasca.

On the side of disappointments, judoka Shirine Boukli was eliminated in qualifying, beaten by Serbian Milica Nikolic in the under 48 kg category. Serial heads number 2, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert left the Olympic tennis tournament in the first round, sharply beaten by the British pair Andy Murray-Joe Salisbury (6-3, 6-2).

Hungarian swordsman Aron Szilagyi became a legend, becoming the first fencer to win three consecutive individual Olympic titles.

And also…

The French handball players signed a great victory for their entry into contention against Argentina (33-27). It is a zero point on the other hand for the fencers, with the setbacks of Corlaine Vitalis with the sword and Bolade Apithy in saber, from the qualifications.

Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz took gold in road cycling, while the two-time Olympic gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura fell in qualifying on high bar.

Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games: the calendar of events, the results, the medal table

Discover the menu of tomorrow.

The night of Saturday to Sunday July 25 (for us in the French metropolis) will see the entry in the running of several contenders for the Olympic podium.

Judoka Amandine Buchard, the reigning European champion, will line up in the round of 16 under 52 kg around 5.30 a.m. KST. In fencing, It is Yannick Borel, Olympic team champion in Rio in 2016, who will face Egyptian Mohamed Elsayed at 6:10 am in the round of 16 in the individual épée.

the skate made its big entry into the Olympic program, with the start of the “street” events. Vincent Milou, champion of Europe and France, will be one of the men to follow. Beginning of hostilities at 1:30 a.m. before the eventual final at around 5 a.m. in mainland France.

Side swimming, the first medals will fall overnight, with several finals. In 400m medley, the youngster Leon Marchand (19 years old) will be the only French representative. It will start at 3:30 in the morning. “I have nothing more to lose, I am entering the final at the Games. I’m going to enjoy it and then we’ll see ” did he declare. No tricolors in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final, nor in the men’s 400m freestyle final.

One of the highlights will take place at 2 p.m., with the shock of the first round of men’s basketball, France-United States. The Blues had won in the last clash against the Americans, in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Worlds (79-89). The case promises to be more complicated against Durant, Lillard and others.

And also…

The second game of the football men’s Brazilian, Olympic champion in Rio against Côte d’Ivoire (10 hours), the quarter-finals in Table tennis mixed, with the French pair Lebesson-Yuan (4 h 15).

Without forgetting the finals in weightlifting, with the French Bernardin Matam in the category of less than 67 kg (4 h 50).

The Games in an animated shot.

The tremendous joy of French judoka Luka Mkheidze, after his victory against Korean Kim Won-jin, synonymous with bronze medal in judo. The first for France in its Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

The Olympians at the microphone.

“He’s really not a classy boxer…”

Samuel Kistohurry is an angry man. Eliminated in the round of 16 in the -57 kg boxing category by the American Duke Ragan, he saw the latter celebrate his victory by giving him fingers of honor. A not very Olympic attitude and which frustrated the French even more, believing that he had lost to less strong than him. “I am disgusted to be eliminated. The American refused the fight, he was not at the level. He’s really not a classy boxer ” Samuel Kistohurry confessed bitterly.

Snapshots from our special envoys.

On the road.

Great moment of solitude. No passenger with whom to talk about the rain (there was one, very short, Saturday morning) and the good weather (what a dodger the rest of the day!). This shuttle left around 2:50 p.m. from the MTM, the “Medial Transport Mall”, bringing together a whole bunch of supercharged buses to take journalists to the Olympic venues. Including the Tokyo International Forum for weightlifting, in this case, a good half hour drive. For now – if we dare say – the record goes to fencing: a good three quarters of an hour to another convention center, the Makuhari Messe. Hall B for fencing, hall A for taekwondo, wifi for everyone. Athletes also have their shuttle, but bound for the Olympic Village. Two per hour for fencers. And three between 11 p.m. and midnight, honor to the finalists.

While the French basketball team must face the American ogre for the first match of the men’s tournament on Sunday, nine members of its staff are already facing the virus. The National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) issued a statement to explain that part of the staff was sidelined, considered as a potential “contact case” by the Japanese authorities: a passenger on the flight to Japan, in which had embarked the tricolor staff, tested positive. Despite a very distant position, the supervisors were isolated “In compliance with health procedures and all protective measures have been taken: saliva tests from July 14, then daily nasopharyngeal PCR tests and isolation from July 19”, detailed the CNOSF. No player is affected. The delegation hopes that the restrictions will be lifted, as tests carried out since July 14 have been negative.

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“It still feels weird! “ Gathered in Biarritz at the end of June, the members of the first French Olympic skateboard team in history stare at each other with a mixture of fun and circumspection. All of them donned one of the official outfits concocted by their sponsor for the Tokyo Olympics. “When we were told we would need a uniform, we started by saying ‘What? Impossible !” “, breathes Vincent Milou, who will contest, Sunday July 25, the test of “street”, a sequence of figures on a course evoking the street furniture. “It’s not the spirit of skateboarding at all. “

Dedicated, for the first time, on the Olympic altar, alongside surfing, climbing and karate, skateboarding is confronted, in Tokyo, with the dilemma of any “free” discipline invited to join a century-old system: how not appear constricted in this new costume? Especially when you’ve spent your life on the margins.

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Greg Poissonnier, communication manager of the National Skateboard Commission and skateboarder for more than thirty years, assumes the fact of seeing “The glass half full”. “It’s recognition. That our activity is accepted as a sport, in this holy grail of competition, it eliminates all the times when skateboarders have been kicked off the streets when they just wanted to work on their style. “

Rejuvenating the Games Audience

Incorporated into the Games program by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in search of spectacular disciplines capable of rejuvenating its audience, skateboarding could be faced with a growth crisis. “A new generation will take to skateboarding with a view to the Olympics and competition”, estimates Vincent Matheron, who will line up in the “park”, a test on a hollow course with a series of technical curves. He is already seeing what he considers to be a rupture emerging. “We must not forget that skateboarding is a culture and a passion. The people who go there to compete, for me, are not real skaters. “ From the top of his 22 years, the Marseillais thinks inevitable a battle of the old and the modern in his discipline, as it will fall into the ranks.

Read also Skateboarding doesn’t want to be tied to the Olympic rings

The winter disciplines resulting from the X Games (the annual meeting of extreme sports) have paved, for several decades, the way for new entrants to the Olympic concert. They have grown Games icons, such as American snowboarder Shaun White, three-time Olympic half-pipe champion. The example to follow? “Shaun White is a huge champion, but for me it’s a big joke, considers Vincent Milou. I respect him enormously, he gave the image of the winner, who wants his Olympic gold medal and succeeds in having it. Well done to him, but that’s not the essence of “snow” at all. “ The one that would see snowboarders hurtling down the slopes and do more tricks with friends. He hopes that skateboarding will not give this image of competition at all costs when it enters the Games, but will manage to keep the soul of the pioneers.

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“It still feels weird! “ Gathered in Biarritz at the end of June, the members of the first French Olympic skateboard team in history stare at each other with a mixture of fun and circumspection. All of them donned one of the official outfits concocted by their sponsor for the Tokyo Olympics. “When we were told we would need a uniform, we started by saying ‘What? Impossible !” “, breathes Vincent Milou, who will contest, Sunday July 25, the test of “street”, a sequence of figures on a course evoking the street furniture. “It’s not the spirit of skateboarding at all. “

Dedicated, for the first time, on the Olympic altar, alongside surfing, climbing and karate, skateboarding is confronted, in Tokyo, with the dilemma of any “free” discipline invited to join a century-old system: how not appear constricted in this new costume? Especially when you’ve spent your life on the margins.

Read also Paris 2024 Olympic Games: eight new events and strict parity between male and female athletes

Greg Poissonnier, communication manager of the National Skateboard Commission and skateboarder for more than thirty years, assumes the fact of seeing “The glass half full”. “It’s recognition. That our activity is accepted as a sport, in this holy grail of competition, it eliminates all the times when skateboarders have been kicked off the streets when they just wanted to work on their style. “

Rejuvenating the Games Audience

Incorporated into the Games program by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in search of spectacular disciplines capable of rejuvenating its audience, skateboarding could be faced with a growth crisis. “A new generation will take to skateboarding with a view to the Olympics and competition”, estimates Vincent Matheron, who will line up in the “park”, a test on a hollow course with a series of technical curves. He is already seeing what he considers to be a rupture emerging. “We must not forget that skateboarding is a culture and a passion. The people who go there to compete, for me, are not real skaters. “ From the top of his 22 years, the Marseillais thinks inevitable a battle of the old and the modern in his discipline, as it will fall into the ranks.

Read also Skateboarding doesn’t want to be tied to the Olympic rings

The winter disciplines resulting from the X Games (the annual meeting of extreme sports) have paved, for several decades, the way for new entrants to the Olympic concert. They have grown Games icons, such as American snowboarder Shaun White, three-time Olympic half-pipe champion. The example to follow? “Shaun White is a huge champion, but for me it’s a big joke, considers Vincent Milou. I respect him enormously, he gave the image of the winner, who wants his Olympic gold medal and succeeds in having it. Well done to him, but that’s not the essence of “snow” at all. “ The one that would see snowboarders hurtling down the slopes and do more tricks with friends. He hopes that skateboarding will not give this image of competition at all costs when it enters the Games, but will manage to keep the soul of the pioneers.

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1627144050) } [7]=> array(14) { ["title"]=> string(69) "swordsman Aron Szilagyi in history with three Olympic titles in a row" ["link"]=> string(98) "https://onlinesportnews.xyz/swordsman-aron-szilagyi-in-history-with-three-olympic-titles-in-a-row/" ["comments"]=> string(106) "https://onlinesportnews.xyz/swordsman-aron-szilagyi-in-history-with-three-olympic-titles-in-a-row/#respond" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(11) "Susan Hally" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Sat, 24 Jul 2021 14:47:28 +0000" ["category"]=> string(59) "Sports Round UpAronhistoryOlympicrowswordsmanSzilagyititles" ["guid"]=> string(98) "https://onlinesportnews.xyz/swordsman-aron-szilagyi-in-history-with-three-olympic-titles-in-a-row/" ["description"]=> string(94) "Hungarian swordsman Aron Szilagyi, 31, on Saturday in Tokyo became the first male fencer in..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(4932) "

Valentina Vezzali certainly felt lonely. In history, the Italian foilist was the only fencer to have accomplished the feat of stringing together three Olympic titles (Sydney-2000, Athens-2004 and Beijing-2008). But a Hungarian saber legend also wanted his place in the record books for posterity. Double Olympic title holder Aron Szilagyi was aiming for an unprecedented treble in the history of men’s saber.

In the final at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, for the opening of the fencing tournament of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Szilagyi easily dominated the Italian Luigi Samele 15 touches to 7 to win the third Olympic gold medal of his career after London-2012 and Rio-2016.

The Hungarian returned to his career to win gold: “I can’t describe how I feel, but I’m totally overwhelmed, he declared after his duel. The semi-final was very difficult for me, my opponent was excellent. I had to concentrate really well to win. In the final, I arrived in the best possible shape. I was dominant and everything worked wonderfully. I dedicate this victory to two people. My first trainer, who taught me everything, and my wife, who is home at the moment. “

The Hungarian school still in the spotlight

This feat of Szilagyi constitutes one more consecration for the Hungarian fencing school, whose excellence has been a constant for decades, to the point of having seen its double Olympic champion (1968 and 1972) in épée, Pal Schmitt, to become… President of the Republic in 2010.

In Rio, already, Szilagyi had equaled the French Jean-François Lamour, double Olympic champion in 1984 and 1988, becoming the fifth saber player in history to achieve the Olympic double in individual, and the third Hungarian after Jenö Fuchs (1908 and 1912 ) and Rudolf Karpati (1956 and 1960). The Magyars have won 14 of the 28 gold medals in this discipline. No other country has won more than three times, which places Hungary’s grip on the discipline.

A native of Budapest, Szilagyi, right-handed with a proud physique (1.80 m, 79 kg) is also renowned in his country for being one of the most brilliant sportsmen – he has notably collected several prizes in mathematics – and the most modest : he often participates as a goodwill ambassador in canine therapy sessions offered to children suffering from autism and / or Down syndrome.

Flag bearer in Rio in 2016

A precocious talent – he started fencing at the age of 9 at the Vasas club – he was spotted very young and with integrity in 2007, when he was still only a cadet, the senior Hungarian team with which he won, at the World Championships in Saint Petersburg, the gold medal in team saber, beating France 45-43, a first for his country since 1998. His progress was then constant: in 2009, he won bronze at the Worlds in Antalya and in 2013 he finished third in individual at the European Championships in Sheffield.

A graduate in international relations, he was the flag bearer of Hungary at Rio-2016, before being elected in 2017 president of the Athletes’ Commission at the International Federation. Paradoxically, he has never been world champion. The last charm missing from his incredible track record.

Read also French fencing returns to the forefront of the world stage

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Valentina Vezzali certainly felt lonely. In history, the Italian foilist was the only fencer to have accomplished the feat of stringing together three Olympic titles (Sydney-2000, Athens-2004 and Beijing-2008). But a Hungarian saber legend also wanted his place in the record books for posterity. Double Olympic title holder Aron Szilagyi was aiming for an unprecedented treble in the history of men’s saber.

In the final at Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba, for the opening of the fencing tournament of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Szilagyi easily dominated the Italian Luigi Samele 15 touches to 7 to win the third Olympic gold medal of his career after London-2012 and Rio-2016.

The Hungarian returned to his career to win gold: “I can’t describe how I feel, but I’m totally overwhelmed, he declared after his duel. The semi-final was very difficult for me, my opponent was excellent. I had to concentrate really well to win. In the final, I arrived in the best possible shape. I was dominant and everything worked wonderfully. I dedicate this victory to two people. My first trainer, who taught me everything, and my wife, who is home at the moment. “

The Hungarian school still in the spotlight

This feat of Szilagyi constitutes one more consecration for the Hungarian fencing school, whose excellence has been a constant for decades, to the point of having seen its double Olympic champion (1968 and 1972) in épée, Pal Schmitt, to become… President of the Republic in 2010.

In Rio, already, Szilagyi had equaled the French Jean-François Lamour, double Olympic champion in 1984 and 1988, becoming the fifth saber player in history to achieve the Olympic double in individual, and the third Hungarian after Jenö Fuchs (1908 and 1912 ) and Rudolf Karpati (1956 and 1960). The Magyars have won 14 of the 28 gold medals in this discipline. No other country has won more than three times, which places Hungary’s grip on the discipline.

A native of Budapest, Szilagyi, right-handed with a proud physique (1.80 m, 79 kg) is also renowned in his country for being one of the most brilliant sportsmen – he has notably collected several prizes in mathematics – and the most modest : he often participates as a goodwill ambassador in canine therapy sessions offered to children suffering from autism and / or Down syndrome.

Flag bearer in Rio in 2016

A precocious talent – he started fencing at the age of 9 at the Vasas club – he was spotted very young and with integrity in 2007, when he was still only a cadet, the senior Hungarian team with which he won, at the World Championships in Saint Petersburg, the gold medal in team saber, beating France 45-43, a first for his country since 1998. His progress was then constant: in 2009, he won bronze at the Worlds in Antalya and in 2013 he finished third in individual at the European Championships in Sheffield.

A graduate in international relations, he was the flag bearer of Hungary at Rio-2016, before being elected in 2017 president of the Athletes’ Commission at the International Federation. Paradoxically, he has never been world champion. The last charm missing from his incredible track record.

Read also French fencing returns to the forefront of the world stage

Our selection of articles on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

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We were waiting for the first medal in French judo from the impressive band of fighters led by Clarisse Agbgnenou. And it was ultimately the men’s team that had to be watched. At 25, Luka Mkheidze (- 60 kg) did not simply win, Saturday at the Budokan, the first judokas podium in Tokyo, he also unlocked the counter of the tricolor delegation. For that, he dominated South Korean Kim Won-jin on penalties during the golden score in his fight for third place.

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Refugee following the Second South Ossetian War (2008), the Georgian by birth arrived in France as a teenager, in 2010. The Mkheidze family had been in a center built in the middle of a wood for a few months. in the Bialystok region of Poland. Their journey first led them to live for a year in a hotel room in Athis-Mons (Essonne), then in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), before the son joined a sport-study program in Rouen on his own and that he joined the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (Insep) in the Paris region. He is now licensed at the Sucy club (94).

A similar journey to Dutchman Tornike Tsjakadoea (beaten in the other bronze fight), who was born in a refugee center in the Netherlands to Georgian parents who fled the first conflict in South Ossetia at the start from the 1990s.

Revenge for Mkheidze

After five years in France, the talented Luka Mkheidze obtained his naturalization in 2015 with the support of choice, the mayor of Le Havre and future ex-prime minister Edouard Philippe. “My club at the time, Judo Perrey Guerrier, had requested him as mayor of Le Havre where I lived, to support my approach, he told the Parisian in 2018. Usually, it takes a lot longer, but after a few months, I received a letter from Edouard Philippe at my home warning me that I was going to obtain my nationality. “

Since then, Luka Mkheidze has experienced a gradual maturation until a decisive year 2021. The native of Tbilisi is one of those athletes who have benefited from the postponement of the Olympics. Faced with stiff competition from Walide Khyar (2015 world bronze medalist and 2016 European champion) in his category, he would certainly not have obtained his qualification in 2020 given the state of form at the time. The turning point came in April in Lisbon where he disposed of his French rival in the quarter-finals of the European Championships. Despite his defeat in the final against the Spaniard Francisco Garrigos, it was in Portugal that he offered his first Olympic chance.

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We were waiting for the first medal in French judo from the impressive band of fighters led by Clarisse Agbgnenou. And it was ultimately the men’s team that had to be watched. At 25, Luka Mkheidze (- 60 kg) did not simply win, Saturday at the Budokan, the first judokas podium in Tokyo, he also unlocked the counter of the tricolor delegation. For that, he dominated South Korean Kim Won-jin on penalties during the golden score in his fight for third place.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Tokyo 2021 Olympics: a group of girls led by Clarisse Agbegnenou

Refugee following the Second South Ossetian War (2008), the Georgian by birth arrived in France as a teenager, in 2010. The Mkheidze family had been in a center built in the middle of a wood for a few months. in the Bialystok region of Poland. Their journey first led them to live for a year in a hotel room in Athis-Mons (Essonne), then in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), before the son joined a sport-study program in Rouen on his own and that he joined the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (Insep) in the Paris region. He is now licensed at the Sucy club (94).

A similar journey to Dutchman Tornike Tsjakadoea (beaten in the other bronze fight), who was born in a refugee center in the Netherlands to Georgian parents who fled the first conflict in South Ossetia at the start from the 1990s.

Revenge for Mkheidze

After five years in France, the talented Luka Mkheidze obtained his naturalization in 2015 with the support of choice, the mayor of Le Havre and future ex-prime minister Edouard Philippe. “My club at the time, Judo Perrey Guerrier, had requested him as mayor of Le Havre where I lived, to support my approach, he told the Parisian in 2018. Usually, it takes a lot longer, but after a few months, I received a letter from Edouard Philippe at my home warning me that I was going to obtain my nationality. “

Since then, Luka Mkheidze has experienced a gradual maturation until a decisive year 2021. The native of Tbilisi is one of those athletes who have benefited from the postponement of the Olympics. Faced with stiff competition from Walide Khyar (2015 world bronze medalist and 2016 European champion) in his category, he would certainly not have obtained his qualification in 2020 given the state of form at the time. The turning point came in April in Lisbon where he disposed of his French rival in the quarter-finals of the European Championships. Despite his defeat in the final against the Spaniard Francisco Garrigos, it was in Portugal that he offered his first Olympic chance.

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Less than a week after the end of the Tour de France, the world peloton – made up of 130 runners from 57 different countries – met in Japan for the Olympic Games, in a route around Mount Fuji. And in this mountainous course, Richard Carapaz won. He offers Ecuador the second Olympic gold medal in the history of the country and succeeds Greg van Avermaet, winner in 2016 in Rio.

The former Giro winner, third in the last Tour de France, crossed the finish line alone after breaking away in the final of a group of 12 riders. Van Aert took the silver medal by beating Pogacar in the sprint in the chasing group. Behind, we find Bauke Mollema, Michael Woods, Brandon McNulty, David Gaudu (the first French rider finished in seventh place), Rigoberto Uran, Adam Yates and Maximilian Schachmann.

Eleventh in the Grande Boucle, David Gaudu reacted to the microphone of France Télévisions after his performance: “It was a pretty crazy race in the final. I wasn’t necessarily very good on the climb, but I didn’t give up, I knew that Wout van Aert would do anything to come back. I had great feelings in the finale. “

Carapaz wins solo

In this race which looked like a mountain stage of a Grand Tour and stretched over 234 km in length with a drop of 4,568 meters, the riders went through several difficulties: Doushi Road, Mount Fuji (14 km to 6 %) and Mikuni Pass. 6.5 km long, Mikuni Pass had all of the justice of the peace with an average gradient of 10.2% and portions at 20%. This is when the race settled down. From the first strong percentages, Pogacar, 22, placed an attack, causing the peloton to explode for good. He first broke away, accompanied by the great 23-year-old American prospect Brandon McNulty, and the Canadian Michael Woods.

The silver medal came down to the photo-finish: Wout van Aert took second place ahead of Tadej Pogacar.

But the trio were then taken over by a group of seven men, who climbed the summit together. In the rugged final, which led to the Mount Fuji racing circuit (once used by F1), Carapaz then pulled out of the small pack with McNulty. Then he placed a decisive attack that left the American in place. Behind, his pursuers procrastinated, leaving Wout van Aert to lead the pursuit alone. The Ecuadorian crossed the line more than a minute ahead.

Son of a farmer from the Andean highlands, Carapaz offered Ecuador the first very big international victory in 2019, by winning the Giro d’Italia. Cycling “Is a sport that hardly exists in my country”, said at the time this light template (1.70 m, 62 kg), that his physique and his climbing qualities logically placed among the favorites of the Games.

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Less than a week after the end of the Tour de France, the world peloton – made up of 130 runners from 57 different countries – met in Japan for the Olympic Games, in a route around Mount Fuji. And in this mountainous course, Richard Carapaz won. He offers Ecuador the second Olympic gold medal in the history of the country and succeeds Greg van Avermaet, winner in 2016 in Rio.

The former Giro winner, third in the last Tour de France, crossed the finish line alone after breaking away in the final of a group of 12 riders. Van Aert took the silver medal by beating Pogacar in the sprint in the chasing group. Behind, we find Bauke Mollema, Michael Woods, Brandon McNulty, David Gaudu (the first French rider finished in seventh place), Rigoberto Uran, Adam Yates and Maximilian Schachmann.

Eleventh in the Grande Boucle, David Gaudu reacted to the microphone of France Télévisions after his performance: “It was a pretty crazy race in the final. I wasn’t necessarily very good on the climb, but I didn’t give up, I knew that Wout van Aert would do anything to come back. I had great feelings in the finale. “

Carapaz wins solo

In this race which looked like a mountain stage of a Grand Tour and stretched over 234 km in length with a drop of 4,568 meters, the riders went through several difficulties: Doushi Road, Mount Fuji (14 km to 6 %) and Mikuni Pass. 6.5 km long, Mikuni Pass had all of the justice of the peace with an average gradient of 10.2% and portions at 20%. This is when the race settled down. From the first strong percentages, Pogacar, 22, placed an attack, causing the peloton to explode for good. He first broke away, accompanied by the great 23-year-old American prospect Brandon McNulty, and the Canadian Michael Woods.

The silver medal came down to the photo-finish: Wout van Aert took second place ahead of Tadej Pogacar.

But the trio were then taken over by a group of seven men, who climbed the summit together. In the rugged final, which led to the Mount Fuji racing circuit (once used by F1), Carapaz then pulled out of the small pack with McNulty. Then he placed a decisive attack that left the American in place. Behind, his pursuers procrastinated, leaving Wout van Aert to lead the pursuit alone. The Ecuadorian crossed the line more than a minute ahead.

Son of a farmer from the Andean highlands, Carapaz offered Ecuador the first very big international victory in 2019, by winning the Giro d’Italia. Cycling “Is a sport that hardly exists in my country”, said at the time this light template (1.70 m, 62 kg), that his physique and his climbing qualities logically placed among the favorites of the Games.

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