Weekend recap by Women Sports: French basketball players can have beautiful Olympic dreams

Like every Monday, the writing of WOMEN SPORTS lets you (re) discover the results of women's sport over the past few days in the weekend recap.

TheFrench women's basketball team picked up his ticket for Tokyo-2020 Olympics ! Valérie Garnier's players finished in first place in the Olympic qualification tournament (TQO) this weekend in Bourges. The Blue ones have indeed successively imposed themselves against Australia (72-63), Brazil (89-72) and Puerto Rico (89-51). In Japan next summer, French basketball players will be looking to win a second Olympic medal after the money gleaned from London in 2012. Are also qualified for Tokyo 2020 : Japan (host country), the United States (world champions), China, Spain (2019 European champion), South Korea, Serbia, Nigeria, Belgium, Canada, l 'Australia (reigning vice-world champion) and Puerto Rico. Brazil, on the other hand, will not see the Games for the first time since 1992.

The XV of France female won their second game in Six Nations Tournament Saturday, in Limoges, beating Italy (45-10). Annick Hayraud's players, defeated on the first day by the English (13-19), registered six tries, against only one for the Transalpines.

The Brestoises continued their incredible series of undefeated matches in Champions League handball Sunday, beating the Sävehof Swedes (31-22) in Brittany. Already assured, since last week, to play in the quarter-finals of the competition, the players of Laurent Bezeau therefore remain undefeated on the European scene (8 wins and a draw). The Breton handball players are at the head of their group tied with the Györ Hungarians, triple defending champions, whom they will meet in a fortnight in Brittany. This duel at the top could well decide the first place in the pool and, if successful, sharpen the ambitions of Final four of the French club.

The Messines, also involved in the Handball Champions League, meanwhile snatched a draw at the last second against Esbjerg's Danes (31-31). It was an in-extremis realization of his left-back Orlane Kanor, in the final moments of the game, which allowed the Lorraine club to take a precious point and preserve their invincibility of more than three years at the Arena. The players of Emmanuel Mayonnade retain the lead of their main round group tied with the Rostov Russians (9 points), ahead of Esbjerg (8 pts) and Bucharest (7 pts).

The French florist Ysaora Thibus proved his great form of the moment by winning the Grand Prix of Turin on Sunday in Italy. The 28-year-old Guadeloupean, real chance of a medal at Tokyo-2020 Olympics next summer, achieved a real performance by successively discarding the best florists in the world! In the quarter-finals, Ysaora Thibus got rid of the Italian Ariana Errigo, 4th in the world and double world champion (2013 and 2014), on a score of 15 to 13. In the next round, the French defeated the Russian Inna Deriglazova, current N.1 world, triple world champion (2015, 2017 and 2019) and reigning Olympic champion (15-10). She then imposed 15 hits to 14 in the final against the American Lee Kieffer (5th in the world) to sign her first success of the year and win the first coronation in Grand Prix of her career!

Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, double reigning world champion in the triple jump, made a good comeback on Sunday during the Metz Meeting. The 24-year-old athlete, 2nd best performer of all time, broke his personal best indoor record with a jump to 15.03 m. In this way, it improves the indoor continental record it has held since February 2019 (14.92 m).

The Swiss Corinne Suter won the Garmisch-Partenkirchen super-G on Sunday in Germany, counting for the Alpine Skiing World Cup 2019/2020. In 1 minute 19 seconds 46 / 100th, the 25-year-old skier was ahead of the Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer (+ 43 / 100e) and her Swiss compatriot Wendy Holdener (+ 70 / 100e). A few weeks after his first World Cup success on the Altenmarkt-Zauchensee downhill in Austria, Corinne Suter therefore climbs back onto the first step of the podium. She took the opportunity to take the lead in the specialty ranking ahead of Italian Federica Brignone, only 5th this weekend. Several skiers went at fault on the Bavarian slopes on Sunday, notably the Italian Sofia Goggia and the German Viktoria Rebensburg (winner of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen downhill on Saturday), forced to prematurely end their season, the first affected on the left arm, the second on the left knee.

End of series for Perrine Laffont. After winning the first six stages of the Mogul Ski World Cup, the 21-year-old French girl finally bowed this weekend in Deer Valley (Utah, USA). She was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the parallel race Sunday by the American Tess Johnson and finished 7th. It was his worst result since January 2018. Perrine Laffont remains at the head of the Mogul World Cup (636 pts), but the Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe, laureate in Utah, returns a little to the score (389 pts, with 600 points still to be distributed before the end of the season).

The French Clarisse Agbegnenou won for the sixth time in his career the Paris Grand Slam of judo Saturday, in Bercy. The quadruple world champion (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019) won by beating the Japanese Nami Nabekura, the same judokate who inflicted her first defeat in two years in mid-December. With this new victory at Paris Grand Slam, Clarisse Agbegnenou sends a strong message within six months of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where she will try to win the gold medal, the only title missing from her record.

Japanese Rika Kihira won the Four Continents Tournament of figure skating Saturday in Seoul. The 17-year-old champion, already crowned last year, won with a total of 232.34 points on her short and free programs, ahead of the South Korean You Young (223.23 pts) and the American Bradie Tennell, second after the short Thursday and downgraded to 3rd row on Saturday (222.97 pts). Rika Kihira, 4th in the Worlds-2019, already distinguished itself this winter by winning its first national title and finishing second in Skate Canada and the NHK Trophy, two events counting for the ISU Grand Prix (circuit bringing together the most prestigious figure skating competitions).