Borel’s nightmare, the beautiful Hafnaoui story: what not to miss this night in Tokyo


Fencing: The hammer blow for Borel en épée

All he lacks is this individual Olympic title. It will not be this time … Waited at the turn, Yannick Borel took a huge blow to the head by conceding an entry defeat against young Mohamed Elsayed (15-11). Coming with legitimate ambitions, the Guadeloupe was trapped by a fencer full of enthusiasm. For Borel, he will have to raise his head for the team tournament on July 30.

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Two final fatal touches, Borel eliminated as soon as he entered the epee

Tennis: Andy Murray forfeit in singles, Barty entry exit

The two-time defending champion will not even be able to defend his crown. Andy Murray withdrew his first round in singles against Felix Auger-Aliassime after a thigh injury. But his quest for gold is not completely over since he decided to keep his double with Joe Salisbury, the day after his victory against the French pair Mahut – Herbert. On the women’s side, the big surprise came from the elimination of Ashleigh Barty, world number 1, swept in straight sets by Sara Sorribes Tormo (6-4, 6-3).

Swimming, 4x100m Medley: Marchand takes his marks, gold medal for Kalisz (and the USA)

His final was really exciting, with a supersonic butterfly relay and a magnificent breaststroke. But Léon Marchand stuck in the last 50m to let the competition fly to the podium. Remains at 19, the young Toulouse has made a date for Paris 2024. For gold, Chad Kalisz has not made any feelings to crown himself after his money from Rio. It is the first Olympic title of the USA on these Olympics.

Leon Marchand of France competes in Men ™ s 400m Individual Medley Final swimming during day 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Olympische Spiele, Olympia, OS on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo.

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Swimming, 100m butterfly: Wattel makes our mouths water

European champion of the distance, Marie Wattel smashed her French record to reach the final (56’16  » against 56’89  »). She is now watched out of the corner of her eye by her opponents. Appointment Monday for a possible medal.

Skateboard: First title in history for Horigome

Author of an exceptional session of tricks, the Japanese Yuto Horigome becomes the very first Olympic skateboarding champion in history. The two favorites, the Brazilian Hoefler and the American Eaton, have to settle for silver and bronze. Big frustration for Vincent Milou, author of a good final but only 4th, one point off the podium. The other Habs, Aurélien Giraud, finished 6th. It should also be noted that surfing has also made its big entry into Olympic history.


It is the feeling of the night. And it is frankly refreshing. Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui, 18, grabbed the Olympic title in the 400m freestyle to everyone’s surprise. With a home stretch already in the legend in his lane 8.

18 years old, 8th qualifying time and a first title: the incredible feat of Tunisian Hafnaoui



The United States has finally opened the counter. How long before they take the top spot? For now, Japan and China are still ahead. For the moment…


The other French in sword. If Yannick Borel did not keep his rank, Romain Cannone offered the feat of the day against Limardo-Gascon, Olympic champion in 2012. As for Alexandre Bardenet, he offered himself a hell of a comeback against McDowald, after being led 8-12. We hope to find one, at least, for the final scheduled at 2.15pm.

The continuation of Amandine Buchard’s supersonic tournament (-52 kg). Qualified for the semi-finals after two fights completed in less than a minute, the Frenchwoman can have high hopes. She will face Switzerland’s Fabienne Kocher at 10:25 am.

The expected awakening of the French football team after the slap received against Mexico. This time, it is South Africa which comes face to face with Gignac and others. To be continued from 10 a.m.

The shock of the day between Team USA and the France team, in search of benchmarks after its complicated preparation. We will have to be patient since the duel will take place at 2 p.m. But, let’s not lie to each other, we expect that.

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