Agbegnenou, Biles, Ferrand-Prévot, the day of the queens? Everything you need to know about Tuesday


The big meeting: The day of Agbegnenou?

All he needs is that. Clarisse Agbegneou has a colossal track record. Five times world champion, five times European champion. But she is still in search of that Olympic gold medal which would complete a formidable career. Deeply affected by the postponement of the Olympics last year, Agbegnenou was « fallen very low », but was able to rebuild and return to the top, taking a step back from the France team.

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After her new world title on June 10 in Budapest, the Ile-de-France woman turned to Tokyo with one obsession in mind: victory. His silver medal in Rio five years ago was more of a frustration than satisfaction. She had even retained a certain bitterness. Since then, she is simply unbeatable in major events, with four Worlds crowns in 2017, 2018, 2019 and, therefore, 2021.

Clarisse Agbegnenou in particular ended up taking precedence over her former pet peeve, Tina Trstenjak, who had beaten her twice in the final, in Rio and at the 2015 Worlds. The Slovenian will again be one of her main rivals on Tuesday, in the legendary Budokan room; Also watch out for the Japanese Miku Tashiro, who had pushed her to the limit in the final of the 2019 World Championships. It was already in Tokyo. But Agbegnenou ended up winning. For five years, since Rio, it is what it does best. It would be a shame to stop now …

She can make history: Simone Biles

Quadruple Olympic champion in Rio, Simone Biles dreams of doing even better in Tokyo. The American gymnastics superstar, who has long transcended her discipline, is even eyeing the all-time title record for a sportswoman at the Games. She would need five gold medals in Japan to match another gymnast, Larissa Latynina.

This is not impossible since Biles is qualified for the six finals: the team competition Tuesday, the all-around Thursday, and on the four apparatus (vault, floor, beam, uneven bars) from August 1 to 3. Still, on Sunday she appeared a little nervous and made some unusual mistakes for her. It will therefore be necessary to monitor it closely on Tuesday. In the team event, Simone Biles can in any case start a historic harvest.

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We also can’t wait to see

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Loana Lecomte on mountain bikes. After the disappointment among the boys on Monday (Victor Koretzky 5th, Jordan Sarrou 9th), French cycling is counting on the girls to get at least one medal, and even two. At 21, Lecomte dominated the circuit for his first World Cup season. Many see her as a favorite, but the young Frenchwoman refuses to consider herself as such. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, she wants to add to her monumental record this Olympic title that she lacks, or, failing that, at least a medal.

« Ferrand-Prévot and Lecomte can both succeed »

The start of the 100m freestyle. The premier swimming event begins Tuesday for the men with the playoffs. Caeleb Dressel will of course be the big favorite. The American, the new star of world swimming, has won the last two world titles and with a record in 46 « 96, he is one of three men in history to have fallen below the s47 seconds, along with Cesar Cielo and Alain Bernard, but for the Brazilian and the French, it was in the days of combinations, facing Dressel, Australia’s Kyle Chalmers and Russian Kliment Kolesnikov.

The return of the Blue. A month ago, they lost, for the fifth time in a row, in the final of the Euro Basketball, after a match as frustrating as it was unexpected against Serbia (54-63). The daughters of Valérie Garnier are back in official competition, determined to take their revenge. After their second place in 2012 and the 4th place gleaned in Rio, they are determined to win gold. It will therefore be necessary to start at best against Japan. Kick-off of the match scheduled for 3 a.m.

Confirmation for Krumbholz’s daughters. After their opening victory against Hungary (29-30), the French handball players, reigning Olympic and European vice-champions, will challenge a Spanish team in search of redemption. Dryly beaten by Sweden for their entry into the running (24-31), the teammates of Nerea Pena, second in the last world championship in 2019, will undoubtedly offer a big duel to the troop of Olivier Krumbholz. Who do they also need a new success to assert their ambitions? Meet at 2:30 p.m.

Olivier Krumbholz, the coach, and the players of the France team.

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All Tuesday finals

. Canoeing – Slalom
11:15 am – K1 ladies

. Horse riding
12:00 p.m. – Team dressage

. Fencing
2:30 p.m. – Epée by women’s teams

Artistic Gymnastics
2:45 p.m. – Women’s team competition

. Weightlifting
10h50 – -59 kg ladies
2:50 p.m. – -64 kg ladies

. Judo
13:25 – -63 kg ladies
13:50 – -81 kg men

. Swimming
5h43 – 200m freestyle men
5h51 – 100m ladies’ backstroke
5h59 – 100m backstroke men
6:17 – 100m breaststroke women

. Dive
10:00 a.m. – Ladies’ synchronized high flight

. Softball
3:00 p.m. – Final, poster to be determined

. Taekwondo
4.30 p.m. – + 67 kg ladies
4:45 p.m. – + 80 kg men

. Shoot
6:37 a.m. – Pistol at 10 m
10:52 a.m. – Rifle at 10 m

. Triathlon
1h30 – Ladies’ individual

. Mountain biking
10:00 am – Ladies’ cross-country

We are wondering…

How the typhoon that is about to blow over Tokyo on Tuesday will disrupt the program.

If Maxime Grousset, author of a great time on Monday in the 4x100m freestyle (47 « 52) can slip into the race for the podium on the double pool length.

If the nervousness displayed by sequences by Simone Biles Sunday is heralding greater worries for the rest of these Games. Start of response Tuesday.

Where (and when) will the first French medal come from outside of judo and fencing. The two traditional flagship sports of the French delegation have more than done the job for the moment. But it would take a little support for this duo not to get bogged down in the medal ranking.

If the United States, which took the lead in the medal table for the first time on Monday, has taken it for good.

Three stats to keep in mind

5. Qualified for the final of the team competition in gymnastics, the French would like to improve their best historical result: a 5th place in… 1928. They also finished in this place during the last two World Championships, in 2018 and 2019.

9. The dressage team event takes place on Tuesday. Germany remains on eight consecutive titles and is therefore seeking a ninth gold medal in a row. If the Germans succeed, Isabell Werth will then win her seventh Olympic gold medal. It would be a new Olympic horse riding record.

15. The United States has won gold 15 times in the men’s 100m backstroke, the final of which will be held next night. This is the title record for a country in an Olympic swimming event. Ryan Murphy, defending champion, will try to extend this hegemony.

« Dressel, I would be surprised if he didn’t win at least 3 gold medals »

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