French horse riding in search of a double in the eventing, chances of podium in the rings and over 3000 m steeplechase … What not to miss Monday in Tokyo

The second week of the Olympics kicks off in Tokyo on Monday, August 2. With the end of fencing, judo and swimming, followed by athletics, artistic gymnastics, track cycling, women’s football and equestrian sports.

Samir Aït Saïd for a podium with the rings?

The gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, a specialist in rings, has made it his mission to ward off the bad luck that shattered his hopes for medals at the 2016 Games. Rio, he had suffered a double tibia fibula fracture when he landed a jump in qualifying, his leg at right angles, under the eyes of the whole world.

With 15.066 points, the Frenchman negotiated qualifying well in Tokyo and placed third, thus securing his ticket to the final. The flag bearer of the France team will thus try to climb on the podium, which would be synonymous for French gymnastics with a first medal since London in 2012, where Hamilton Sabot won bronze on parallel bars.

⇒ Follow the final of the rings of Samir Aït Saïd from 10 am on

Alexis Phelut to continue the tradition on 3000 m steeplechase

Alexis Phelut qualified, Friday July 30, for the final of the 3000 m steeplechase of the Olympics. The last Frenchman still in contention after the eliminations of Djilali Bedrani and Louis Gilavert, he came in third position in 8’19 »36, on the heels of Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali, silver medalist at the 2017 Worlds, bronze in 2019 and big favorite in Tokyo.

Alexis Phelut will thus try to continue the beautiful French dynamic in this event for thirteen years. Indeed, theFrance was on the podium at the last three Olympic Games in the discipline thanks to Mahiedine Mekhissi, who won silver in 2008 and 2012, and bronze in 2016, but who was not selected for Tokyo.

⇒ Follow the 3000 m steeplechase final from 2.15 p.m. on

Trial gallop for the French pursuit team

After the zero point in the first week, French cycling will have another chance for a medal on Monday with the women’s team pursuit. However, the France team, made up of Marie le Net, Victoire Berteau, Marion Borras and Valentine Fortin, is not the favorite in this event. The collective being very young, twenty years on average, the Tokyo Games are above all a preparation for the Paris 2024 Games.

The goal will therefore be more chronometric. The France team has set itself a time target of 4’13  », 4’14  », which is below the French record set in Minsk (4’17 »372) in November 2019 but still behind the record of the world of the British (4’10 »236) during the Rio Games in 2016. But who knows what the ardor of youth is capable of?

⇒ Follow the qualifications of the women’s team pursuit from 8:54 a.m. on

Who in the final of the women’s football tournament?

Monday will also be marked by the two semi-finals of the women’s football tournament. The first shock of the day will be 100% North American and will pit the Americans against the Canadians. In the quarterfinals, Megan Rapinoe’s teammates were pushed on penalties by the Dutch (2-2, 4 tab to 2) before validating their ticket for the half. Identical scenario for Canada who also had to go to penalties to qualify against Brazil (0-0, 4-3 in tabs).

The other semi-final will see Sweden and Australia face off. Sweden, the last European team still in the running, easily qualified against Japan (3-1). Tighter qualification on the other hand for the Australians who defeated the British 4-3.

⇒ Follow the USA-Canada semi-final from 10 a.m. on
⇒ Follow the Australia-Sweden semi-final from 1 p.m. on

French medals in equestrianism?

The French Christopher Six, Karim Laghouag and Nicolas Touzaint are currently third in the general classification in the eventing after the cross-country event on Sunday. A good position before attacking the traditional show jumping event, Monday August 2nd. The triplet tricolor, reigning Olympic champion, has a total of 97.10 points, behind the Australians (96.20 pts) and the British at the top of the standings (78.30 pts). But New Zealand (104.00 pts) and the United States (109.40 pts) are behind the Habs.

Individually, France also has three other medal chances with Christopher Six (eighth with 31.20 pts), Karim Florent Laghouag (eleventh with 32.40 pts) and Nicolas Touzaint (thirteenth with 33.50 pts).

⇒ Follow the all-around team competition from 10 a.m. on
⇒ Follow the individual all-around competition from 1:45 p.m. on

Karim Florent Laghouag, on Triton Fontaine, returns on time!  With this performance, France is third in the eventing before the show jumping scheduled for Monday afternoon.

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