Silver and bronze to conclude. To close the European Championship, the French weighed down the medal table with four new charms on Sunday, August 21, in Munich. Cea riders Nélia Barbosa and Rémy Boullé respectively won silver and bronze in paracanoeing. Cross-country skier Yann Schrub took bronze in the 10,000m and silver in the men’s 4x100m relay. In total, France has 50 medals (11 gold, 17 silver and 22 bronze) in these European Championships.
4×100 meters: the Blues in silver behind the British untouchables
Then bronze in the men’s 4x400m relay, silver in the men’s 4x100m. Launched by Méba-Mickaël Zeze, followed by Pablo Mateo and Ryan Zeze, and finished by Jimmy Vicaut, the tricolor relay finished second in the final, as in Amsterdam in 2016. Opposite, the British were untouchable. They even set a new championship record (37”97). The Poles complete the podium.
On the contrary, the tricolor relievers in the 4x100m suffered a terrible disappointment: Floriane Gnafoua failed to pass the baton in the area to Gémima Joseph. In fact, the French race was interrupted after 100 meters.
10,000 meters: Yann Schrub wins bronze, Jimmy Gressier at the foot of the podium
When a French hides another. Jimmy Gressier was one of the favorites for the title. He also encouraged the first part of the race. But it was Yann Schrub who gave the surprise and won the bronze, leaving his compatriot at the foot of the podium. The medical student recovered at the end of the race before producing the acceleration from him on the last lap and crossing the finish line in 27’47”13 (new personal best).
The race was won by the Italian Yemaneberhan Crippa (27’46”13) ahead of the Norwegian Zerei Kbrom Mezngi (27’46”94). The third Tricolore entering the race, Yoann Kowal, who came to work on speeding him up before his marathon stage, finished 15th.
Paracanoë: Nélia Barbosa and Rémy Boullé on the date
As in 2019 in Poznan in Poland, Nélia Barbosa signed a good second place in paracanoe, in the KL3 category, over 200 meters. The 24-year-old Frenchwoman was defeated by three tenths by the British Laura Sugar, in a scenario identical to that of the Tokyo Olympics.
Less than 30 minutes later, Frenchman Rémy Boullé won bronze in the 200m paracanoe, in the KL1 category. Author of a good start, the Habs, tanned in this distance in Tokyo, saw how the Hungarian Péter Kiss overtook him halfway and the Italian Esteban Farias snatched the silver in the last meters.
800 meters and 100 meters hurdles: disappointments for Benjamin Robert and Cyréna Samba-Mayela
His shot was not enough. Locked up at the entrance of the last corner, Benjamin Robert was unable to make a difference in the final stretch of the 800 meters. The 24-year-old Frenchman, who was participating in his first European final, finished in 5th position (1’45”42). The race was won by the Spaniard Mariano García (1’44”85).
With fewer legs since her indoor world title in the 60m hurdles in March in Belgrade, Serbia, Cyréna Samba-Mayela has never been on pace in the 100m hurdles final. Seventh in 13”05, the 21-year-old Frenchwoman fell far short of her best time of the season (12”76). The Polish Pia Skrzyszowska flew over the race (12”53).
Gymnastics: hope and frustration in the tricolor clan
The chocolate medal, less than a tenth of the bronze. In the pommel horse final, Benjamin Osberger had a better executed move than his competitors. But with a lower level of difficulty, he could not get the 67 hundredths that deprived him of the podium. However, the Frenchman, who is only 20 years old, has an appointment for the future.
On the other hand, the apparatus finals smiled less at the other Tricolores. On the vault, Léo Saladino completed his second vault on the breech and finished 8th and last in the final. And on the high bar, Paul Degouy missed part of his move and finished sixth.
Road cycling: Dutch sprinter Lorena Wiebes unplayable
The world’s best road sprinter lived up to her reputation. Lorena Wiebes, 23, of the Netherlands, won the sprint in the road race. She beat the Italians Elisa Balsamo, current world champion, and Rachele Barbieri.
Lorena Wiebes was the overwhelming favorite of the event after her two stage wins in the Tour de France and her supremacy in sprint finishes for two years. Thanks to the work of her compatriot Ellen van Dijk, the Dutch cyclist was able to come back from the final in the last three breakaways, including the French Juliette Labous.
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