The fourth day of the European Championships in Munich (Germany), Sunday August 14, allowed the French athletes to win 12 new medals. The Blues won two new titles, in triathlon and in track cycling, but also four silver medals and six bronze medals.
France occupies the fourth position in the medal table, behind the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. Let’s go back to what you can’t miss this day.
Triathlon: on the roof of Europe
We take the same ones and start again, or almost. Frenchmen Léo Bergère, Emma Lombardi, Dorian Coninx and Cassandre Beaugrand won gold in the mixed relay triathlon. They were far ahead of Germany and Switzerland, in this format made up of four 300-meter relay swims, 7.2km bikes and 1.6km run. During the second stage, Emma Lombardi took the lead and her teammates held her back to cross the finish line 33 seconds ahead of the competition.
Great conclusion for the Tricolores, the day after a historic men’s hat-trick and two days after Emma Lombardi’s bronze “This is the icing on the cake”reacted to the microphone of France Télévisions Léo Bergère, individual European champion.
Track cycling: Vigier king of speed
His power made the difference. Track runner Sébastien Vigier won the individual sprint gold medal. He outclassed Britain’s Jack Carlin at the end of the third set, after conceding the first. This is his second continental singles title, following his crowning in Berlin in 2017.
The second Frenchman in the race, Rayan Helal, demoted in his semi-final, managed to win bronze against another Briton, Hamish Turnbull. The 23-year-old track runner won his first individual medal at a major championship.
Among the women, Victoire Berteau won bronze in the points race. The Frenchwoman could do nothing against Lotte Kopecky (Belgium), unattainable with her three laps ahead of her pursuers. The Italian Silvia Zanardi completes the podium.
Road cycling: Demare, the money defrauded
Leader of the Blues on Sunday, Arnaud Démare had made no secret of his ambitions as the European Championship approached, he who had skipped the Tour de France. After a sprint at the Odeonplatz in Munich, it was the Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen who won, just ahead of the Frenchman. A nice revenge for the 25-year-old cyclist, seriously injured in 2020 at the Tour of Poland.
Arnaud Démare, runner-up in Europe, however, did not hide his disappointment at the microphone of France Télévisions: “Another second place [après les championnats d’Europe 2020]Jakobsen was very strong. (…) It was a day of nerves”.
Rowing: three silver medals to finish
Sunday was the last day of rowing competition in these European Championships, and the French boats won three titles of vice-champions of Europe. Tokyo Games silver medalists Claire Bové and Laura Tarantola confirmed their status by finishing second in the lightweight double sculls final.
The French also shone in para rowing, with the mixed French helmsman, made up of Erika Sauzeau, Margot Boulet, Jérôme Hamelin and Laurent Cadot, along with helmsman Emilie Acquistapace. The French couple Perle Bouge and Stéphane Tardieu complete the tricolor list thanks to their second place in mixed doubles, surpassed by Ukraine.
Climbing: Bertone’s surprise
Oriane Bertone, last classified for the bouldering final, managed to win the bronze medal on Sunday. Thanks to two very successful blocks, validated to the top, the 17-year-old Habs was able to take third place, behind the Slovenian Janja Garnbret, already a starter in difficulty, and the German Hannah Maul. The other Frenchwoman in the final, Fanny Gibert, finished sixth.
The Blues, on the other hand, drew a blank on the difficulty test. None of the three entered in the semifinals managed to qualify among the top eight. Sam Havesou, Saturday’s silver medalist in bouldering, failed quite early in the event and only hung 21 holds out of fifty to climb.
Gymnastics: Tanned Blues
A great day for French gymnasts. Aline Freiss won the bronze medal in the vault, her first international allure at 19 years old. With an average of 13,599 points after her two jumps, the Frenchwoman was third behind the Hungarian Zsofia Kovacs (13,933) and the Italian Asia D’Amato (13,716). This last one, titled by teams and individual, injured her ankle in her second jump, and she had to lose the beam.
Competing on the uneven bars, Lorette Charpy also won bronze, ahead of Elisabeth Seitz (Germany) and Alice D’Amato (Italy). However, she was injured during her reception, weakened by a ruptured cruciate ligament from which she has been recovering for a year.
On beam, it was Carolann Heduit who completed the harvest, third behind Germany’s Emma Leonie Malewski and Britain’s Ondine Achampong. This is also her first international medal, a satisfaction for the 18-year-old gymnast who finished at the foot of the overall podium.
The fourth registered Frenchwoman, Morgane Osyssek-Reimer, finished in seventh place in the floor competition. It was Britain’s Jessica Gadirova who won, ahead of two Italians, Martina Maggio and Andrea Andreoli.
Table tennis: way to the medal
Great success in table tennis for the French mixed doubles, as the couple made up of Emmanuel Lebesson and Yuan Jianan qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament. They are thus assured of a medal, the discipline disappointing the bronze to the two losers of the semifinals.
For their part, Simon Gauzy and Prithika Pavade stop in the quarterfinals. They lost their match 3 sets to 1 against Austrians Robert Gardos and Sofia Polcanova. The latter will face Emmanuel Lebesson and Yuan Jianan on Monday afternoon.
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