With the entry into competition of surf and skateboard newcomers or the debut of Olympic windsurfing champion Charline Picon, the night will be hectic in Tokyo.
First waves. First chills. Surfing (twenty women and twenty men in qualifying over four days, before the final phase) is making its big debut at the Olympics this Sunday. About a hundred kilometers to the far east of Tokyo. “We all want to write our story», Assures Johanne Defay, world n ° 2 (the other Blues in the running are Pauline Ado, Michel Bourez and Jérémy Flores). The men will start the events (from 12:05 am, before the women from 3:20 am).
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Skateboard, Street Men (Qualifications at 1h30; Final at 5h).
Aurélien Giraud (recovered from a knee injury but “ not yet 100% ») And Vincent Milou will enter the track this Sunday in the qualifications (8 skaters in the final) of the street event to mark the great Olympic debut of skateboarding. A facelift. A light on the discipline and its artists. The test of “ street »Is an urban course (ramps, stairs, benches…) and breaks down into two stages (two passages of 45 seconds to link the figures, then one passage to propose 5 figures).
Windsurfing women (8h).
Charline Picon, Olympic champion and reigning European champion is among the favorites for gold. His qualities, his experience, his ability to adapt to the conditions. On its program, 4 days of competition (12 regattas, the first this Sunday at 8 am), to reach the final (Saturday July 31). “ The preparation was good. Everything is set, ready. All lights are green. The weather conditions? It changes every day. There can be severe conditions if there is a typhoon. Thomas Goyard also enters the contest this Sunday.
Brother and sister in life, will Uta and Hifumi Abe succeed in their bet to be crowned Olympic champions on the same day, a few minutes apart? For the eldest, the task seems less difficult than for his younger sister, who could find in the final of less than 52kg the French Amandine Buchard, true reference of the category. Hifumi Abe, he perhaps did the hardest to dominate his compatriot Joshiro Maruyama to qualify. Unless the Italian Manuel Lombardo creates the sensation …
Women’s road cycling (6h).
137 km; 2,700 m of elevation gain. A test reinforced by heat. The Dutch, led by Anna van der Breggen, the reigning Olympic champion, leave with the odds. Juliette Labous will defend the colors of France: “ I’m not used to running alone. The list is long of girls to follow… I will have to observe, run with instinct, run just to hope for the podium. “