For this penultimate day of the European Championship, the French continued to increase the medal table, on Saturday August 20 in Munich (Germany).
In cross-country mountain biking, Loana Lecomte and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot upset their competitors: they achieved a superb double, leaving their first pursuer more than three minutes behind. In the Munich water section, the tricolor ceístas, for their part, achieved bronze in the final of the 500 meters K4 in speed canoe.
Cross-country mountain biking: the double Bleues
The French and others. In difficult conditions (rain and sticky mud), Loana Lecomte and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot flew over the cross-country mountain bike test. Lecomte (22) relieved the starry tunic of her compatriot who won last year in Serbia.
While leading the race, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot lost a precious minute after going off the rails on the third lap (of seven). Loana Lecomte took the opportunity to overtake her and never leave the lead again. The Dutch Anne Terpstra won the bronze, more than three minutes behind the new European champion.
800 meters: the happy money of Rénelle Lamote
Money makes Rénelle Lamote happy. For the third time in a row, the French middle-distance skier finished second in the 800 m at the European Championships, after Amsterdam in 2016 and Berlin in 2018. The Frenchwoman crossed the finish line in 1’59”49 behind the la favorite Keely Hodgkinson (1’59”04), Olympic runner-up and crowned in the last World Cup, and ahead of the Polish Anna Wielgosz (1’59”87).
Long trapped outside, the French conceded a “lack of trust” Believe enough in your chances of victory. However, with this silver medal he erases the immense disappointment of his elimination in the semifinals of the Eugene Worlds. Lamote’s next step will be to reach a world final again.
Perch: the Duplantis promenade, a lost bet for Lavillenie
Three small jumps (5.65 m, 5.85 m, 5.90 m) and the gold medal around his neck. Armand Duplantis did not have to force his talent to win a second European champion title after the one in Berlin in 2018. In rainy conditions, his competitors very quickly left the 22-year-old Swede to explain himself to the only Bo Kanda Lita Baehre, alone still in the race with Duplantis at 5.85m. But the young German failed to overcome a greater height. Armand Duplantis, stopped after crossing 6.06 m (European Championships record).
Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, meanwhile, made a poor move by choosing to skip the 5.75m after crossing 5.65m on the first attempt. The triple European champion (2010, 2012, 2014) had declared himself in The team who believed that the podium was going to be decided at 5.85m and preferred to maintain his strength for this height. Losing bet since she did not manage to pass 5.85 m. She finished 7th.
Norwegian Pal Haugen Lillefosse won bronze after two bars cleared at the first attempt, at 5.65m and 5.75m. The other hired Habs, Thibaut Collet, finished fifth after crossing 5.65m and 5.75m at the second attempt.
Men’s 4x400m: eight years later, the tricolor relay returns to the European podium
In 2014, Thomas Jordier won bronze in the 4x400m as the final torchbearer. Eight years later, at the Munich Olympic Stadium, the Frenchman repeated this scenario, this time together with Gilles Biron, Loïc Prévot and Téo Andant.
The French team took third place in this relay (2’59”64) behind the British (2’59”35) and the Belgians (2’59”49). Before the microphone of France Télévisions, theThe tricolor collective declared to take date for Paris 2024.
Canoeing: a bronze quartet
A second bronze medal for the French canoe team. Frenchmen Guillaume Burger, Maxime Beaumont, Quilian Koch and Guillaume Le Floch Decorchemont crossed the finish line in third place in the K4 500m sprint canoe final.
A very close regatta since only 25 thousandths separated the second boat from the third. and less than seven tenths the first and the third.
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