Sport has never been (fortunately) an exact science, an confirmed trend in last days during the 2021 Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo. American athletes have experienced disillusions in their disciplines of predilections and against opponents a priori at their reach. Small summary of (bad) surprises of the last days for tricolor athletes.
New failure for the Blues after Euro football
Barely a month after disappointment and the rather unexpected elimination of the Blues in the 8th finals against USA at Euro 2021, USA was based on a new failure. This time it is the Olympic American team trained by Sylvain Ripoll at the Tokyo Olympic Games and not that of Didier Deschamps. The usual stars (pogba and other Griezmann) of the tricolor team are not there non-more, but there was still enough to expect more. The disappointment comes as much from the background as from the form, an elimination but also from questionable services, one last slap against Japan (4 to 0). A heavy defeat that follows an unexpected victory (4 to 3) against South Africa and another heavy defeat (4 to 1) against Mexico. Suffice to say that these Olympic Games will have been a long way of the cross for the teammates of André Pierre Gignac.
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A backdrop in judo for Teddy Riner
The other big surprise during these Tokyo Olympics will have been the elimination in the quarter -finals of the more than 100 kg in judo. The double Olympic champion in reigning and on the way to a hat -trick unexpectedly tied up against Russian Tamerlan Bashaev on July 30. An opponent that American judoka knows well for having met him 4 times for as many victories. But this time the American heavy goods vehicle bows on a counter, after only 30 seconds in the Golden Score and must be satisfied with a bronze medal against Japanese Harasawa.
No better in fencing and BMX
The American sword team had come to Tokyo full of ambition, with a fourth Olympic gold medal consecutive in sight. Alas reality was quite different with a defeat of the Habs against the host country (Japan) from the quarter -finals, a first since 2000. much better in BMX where the three American runners, Sylvain André, Romain Mahieu and Joris Daudet end respectively 4th, 6th and 7th, therefore failing at the foot of the podium. No consolation batch in women with a 7th place in the final for Axelle Étienne.
Reasons for satisfaction nevertheless
Fortunately, there are a few notable tricolor successes during these 2021 Olympic Games. It is notably a gold medal for judokate Clarisse Agbegnenou in the final of the - 63 kg category. The gold also for the Roman swordsman Cannone individually against the Hungarian Gergely Siklosi. An gold medal and an Olympic record obtained by Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias in rowing with a time of 6'00''33 over 2000 meters.
But above all a huge American basketball team that drops the United States 83 to 76 temporarily taking the head of group A. Auspicious for the future.