France finishes the Tokyo Olympics in eighth place in the ranking of nations with 33 medals: 10 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze. A mixed record for the Blues, whose goal had been set at 40-42 medals.
This total represented the number of medals acquired in Rio by the French delegation in 2016. Therefore, the French have not managed to recover the same total of medals, but the athletes have three years to attend the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.
Indoor team sports have almost achieved complete success during these Games: the five French teams took home five medals, including three titles.
Handball players, for the third time, handball players and volleyball players, for the first time, won gold. Basketball is not to be outdone with silver for men against Team USA ogre and bronze for women.
French judo has been a great supplier of medals. The Blues leave Japan with eight podiums, including two titles. The great athlete was Clarisse Agbégnénou. The tricolor standard bearer won two gold medals. First solo in the -63kg class, then notably alongside Teddy Riner in the new mixed team event.
The women’s seven rugby also earned France the first medal in its history in the discipline. The French were dominated by New Zealand (26-12) in the final and could not take the revenge of the 2018 World Cup, already lost to the New Zealand women.
Satisfaction also from the fencing side that did better than his 3 podiums, including a title in Rio. The Blues have collected five medals, including two titles, two silver and one bronze. The day after the silver medal of the French sabers (Manon Brunet, Cécilia Berder, Sara Balzer and Charlotte Lembach), defeated by Russia, the French men’s foil team, formed by Erwann Le Péchoux, Enzo Lefort, Julien Mertine and Maxime Pauty, became Olympic champion after her victory against the Russians (45-28).
In individual, Romain Cannone won the gold medal in epee, Manon Brunet the bronze in saber.
For swimming, the flamboyant return of Florent Manaudou, second in the 50m freestyle, is a breakthrough for the discipline. Olympic champion of 2012, vice-champion of 2016 and 2020, Manaudou achieved an incredible “treble” and above all brought the only French medal in the swimming pools from Tokyo.
Florent Manaudou’s money does not hide the meager record of the discipline. However, some young swimmers have shown promise for Paris 2024.