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Olympic Games: French handball players start serenely


Led in particular by an excellent Melvyn Richardson, the French team got off to a perfect start to their Olympic tournament, dominating Argentina with a head and shoulders (33-27).

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One less obstacle for the French handball team. Placed in a strong group in the company of Germany, Spain champion of Europe and Norway, the men of Guillaume Gille knew that they should especially not miss their start of competition this Saturday against Argentina. , despite a very early morning schedule (kick off at 11 a.m. in Tokyo). Nevertheless, the alarm clock obviously worked well on the side of the Blues who immediately took the lead after nine minutes of play (4-1). An advantage that Nedim Remili and his teammates would keep until the break, reached with an advantage of two lengths (12-10), without showing a perfectly serene face. Connected to alternating current, the French had a series of good times and brief periods of slack, a sign that the blue-white-red machine has yet to break in.

Richardson shines again at the Games

However, the second half was better in terms of consistency. Worn by a Melvyn Richardson who was new to the Games, 17 years after his father, Jackson, was the French flag bearer at the Athens Olympics. Author of an immaculate 7 out of 7, Richardson brought France to a very comfortable success (33-27). He was well helped in this by the efficiency of Nedim Remili, Hugo Descat and Ludovic Fabregas, each scoring 4 goals, while Nikola Karabatic was efficient (3 out of 4 shooting). Uncertain weather due to hamstring pain, captain Michaël Guigou was present (2 goals), but the staff took no risk concerning him by limiting his playing time.

On the Argentine side, apart from the Montpellier player Diego Simonet (8 goals), who was no doubt keen to shine against some of his club partners, the soup was rather grimacing on this first match. From Monday, France will give the cutlery against another South American nation, Brazil, which lost to Norway not without a good resistance (24-27). A second victory would already open wide the way to the quarter-finals for the Blues, who are aiming for nothing less than the title in Tokyo, them who were dispossessed five years ago in Rio by Denmark in the final.

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