Sport OJ: The mixed relay in triathlon, a catch-up session for Vincent Luis and the Blues

22:25  30 july  2021
22:25  30 july  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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Before landing in Tokyo, Vincent Luis had ensured that in case of misappropriation on the plan Staff, a collective podium do not " savera (IT) " not its games. The native of Vesoul will have to resolve: after his fighting failure on Monday (13th), the mixed relay, which makes its great debut on the Olympic program, is now its sole opportunity not to leave Japan's box. For the tricolor triathlon, which has still not known the joys of a medal since the introduction of the discipline to the Games in 2000 in Sydney, it is also an opportunity not to be missed. Because the balance sheet is very mixed for the moment the fifth surprise of Leonie Perieult, the best result of a French at the Olympics.

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faulty solo, the blues hope to count on their beautiful density to fill this void. For this unprecedented format, which consists for each of the relayers to perform a short distance triathlon (300m swimming, 6.8km cycling, 2km running), the French supervision trusted Quartet Cassandre Beagrand-Dorian Coninx-Vincent Luis-Leonie Perieult. " We have ambitions, we have men and women among the best world relay. Leonie (Oral, NDLR) showed it and sent a signal to other international triathletes. This will be a very dense race, "says Benjamin Maze, the National Technical Director.

The technician, however, is " humble " despite the raid of its mixed relay troops in recent years (4 world titles in 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020, 3 European titles in 2015, 2018, 2019). " It's an exciting test to see but can be so punitive quickly, explains Benjamin Maze . From the first relay, we can quickly find themselves in difficulty and far from the ability to make a podium. It is very tightened, there are at least five nations that can play a medal. There is Australia, England (NDLR: Great Britain), the United States and France but also New Zealand, which is regularly on global access. There are many contenders. "Unlike the ladies race, which took place on large part in high rains, the heat will be a data not to neglect (32 ° C expected, a water at 29 ° C in the bay of Odaiba and a humidity level close to 70%).

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