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JO: Riner, volleyball, basketball, rugby sevens … The 5 events not to be missed this Friday


This Friday July 30 will give rise to matches of great importance in basketball and volleyball, but also to confirmations for our teams in France. But also to Teddy Riner in judo.

Judo: Riner aims for bronze, Dicko wants gold (from 10:00 am)
After the thunderclap following the defeat of Teddy Riner in the quarterfinals against Russian Bashaev, the double Olympic champion is still in contention for the bronze medal. The French will play the repechage, from 10:00 am, against the Brazilian Silva. On the other hand, Romane Dicko can aim for another metal. The Frenchwoman is in the semi-final, against the Cuban Ortiz, and she is not considering anything other than gold in the + 78kg category.

Men’s tennis: Zverev-Djokovic, the duel between the new and the old generation, Djoko aims for the Golden Slam (9:30 am)

After sweeping the local Kei Nishikori, the world number one faces Alexander Zverev, the German world number 5, defender of Jérémy Chardy in the quarter-finals. Novak Djokovic, who often jokes about the place taken by the “next gen”, therefore meets one of the headliners of these young people who are making a choice place in the ATP ranking. With a historic Golden Slam in mind (four Grand Slams and gold at the Olympics), Djoko therefore faces his first opponent in the world top 30 in this Olympic tournament with the goal of winning the semi-finals. Another curiosity of the day in tennis: the men’s doubles final which will be 100% Croatian with a match between the pairs Cilic-Dodig and Metkic-Pavic.

Women’s basketball: Les Bleues forced to recover against Nigeria (10:20 am)

Too fickle and dominated in aggressiveness, the French team, finalist of the last Euro, started the Olympic tournament badly by losing 74-70 to a catchy Japanese team. Silver medalists at the London Olympics and fourth in Rio in 2016, the French will have to show a whole different face against the Nigerians, beaten 81-70 by the Americans, if they do not (already) wish to say goodbye to the quarter-finals . The last two teams in their pools behind the United States and Japan will be keen to win this match in order to maintain the hope of a place in the quarterfinals. The Blue will then face the untouchables Americans on Monday.

Women’s rugby 7: the French team already in quarters, come to look for a podium (from 12:00)

After a great victory against Fiji (12 to 5) and a river score of 40 to 5 against Brazil, the girls of rugby sevens are officially among the favorites on the podium in this Olympic tournament. Easy against Canada (31-0 success) Friday morning, the French will face China (12:00) in the quarter-finals. An opponent well within the reach of the Blue. It will therefore be necessary to do the work properly to open the doors of the half.

Men’s volleyball: The Blues condemned to the feat against the Russians to stay in Tokyo (2:45 p.m.)

The French arrived with the status of favorites in Tokyo, but must finally revise their game plan, after only one victory in three games. If the first defeat against the United States was final (3 sets to 0), the second defeat against Argentina (3-2) was much less expected. After this setback against a direct competitor in their group, the Blues, who were aiming for a first Olympic medal in Tokyo, will have to win against one of the two favorites of their group. Starting with Russia this Friday to place in the top four of their group of six and see the quarter-finals. The Russians have already beaten the two executioners of the Blues, the United States and Argentina, 3-1. “We are able to beat everyone but also to lose against everyone” announced Earvin Ngapeth before the start of the tournament. Now is the time to prove it.

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