Yes, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic won at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in tennis.
Yes, the Biathlon Worlds in Pokljuka (Slovenia) ended with a third place for Quentin Fillon Maillet on the mass start, and two new medals for the Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff, big winner of the fortnight.
Yes, Paris Saint-Germain lost the shock of Ligue 1 against Monaco (2-0) and are now four points behind the leader, Lille.
But something else happened this weekend that you might have missed.
- Gently, your comeback you will do
They were to be the hosts of a four-way tournament with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway, but only the Helvetians came: never mind, the French footballers made their international comeback with a 2-0 victory. , Saturday February 20, at the Saint-Symphorien stadium in Metz. The Bleues of Corinne Deacon, deprived of their top scorer Eugénie Le Sommer, positive for Covid-19, delivered a serious match without being exciting. The breeder carried out a large membership review. Wendy Renard opened the scoring early in the game and Perle Morroni doubled the lead ten minutes from time. Unbeaten since the 2019 World Cup at home, the Blue will find the same opponent on Tuesday, still in Metz.
- Before the European Championships, you will warm up
A good rise in power before rubbing shoulders with Europe: the French indoor athletics championships in Miramas (Bouches-du-Rhône) allowed French athletes to gauge themselves before the first major competitions of the season. The test was reassuring for Kevin Mayer. The world record holder in the decathlon has lined up for several events, such as the 60 meters, the long jump and the high jump and confirmed his participation for the European Championships, scheduled for early March in Poland.
A few kilometers away, in Salon-de-Provence, the French throwing championship allowed Alexandra Tavernier, silver medalist at the European Championships in Berlin in 2018, to beat her own hammer record. She made a throw from 75.38 meters and improved her mark by 15 centimeters.
- For your first final, you will learn
A defeat in the final with the aftertaste of victory. Admittedly, the Blues could not prevent Denmark, scarecrow of the competition, to climb on the highest step of the podium (victory 3-0), but they leave medalists for the first time in a European championship. by mixed badminton teams.
Contested throughout the week in Vantaa (Finland), the crown has once again returned to the Scandinavians for the 18the times in 26 editions. “ This match reminded me of how to prepare to win ”, preferred to retain the young Christo Popov, 18, the first French defeated in the men’s singles before the women’s singles and men’s doubles. “It’s obviously a good experience. There is still a small step to climb but we are not that far ”, he estimated with the French badminton federation.
Woman of the weekend: Katharina Liensberger
She was used to the podiums, but not to first place… until the Alpine Skiing Worlds. The Austrian Katharina Liensberger went to seek her second coronation on Saturday on the slopes of Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) in slalom. At 23, this tight-picket specialist had a splendid first run before controlling her lead in the second act. She is ahead of the Slovakian Petra Vlhová and especially the American Mikaela Shiffrin, the four-time defending champion.
Still without a World Cup victory, but on the podium during the five slaloms of the season, Liensberger experienced idyllic world championships: in addition to her title in the slalom, she shared gold in the parallel event with the Italian Marta Bassino and won the bronze in giant.
The weekend declaration
“I officially retire from professional rugby today”
I officially withdraw from professional rugby today. A sport I’ve played 32 years which has helped shape me into the… https://t.co/vxFYLyDR5J
Two Worlds, three times crowned best player in the world, 112 caps with the All Blacks and a planetary aura: New Zealander Dan Carter announced on Saturday that he was retiring from sports at 38 years old.
The opener shined and won on all the grounds where he went: in Super Rugby, in the franchise championship of the Southern Hemisphere (2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008), but also by winning the championship of Japan in 2019. In France too, his two passages ended with as many shields from Brennus, with Perpignan 2009 then Racing 92 in 2016. He only lacks the European Cup, where he failed twice in the final with the Ile-de-France residents.
The legend had returned to his land by 2020, but the pandemic convinced him to turn the page. “Now it’s also good to enjoy weekends with the family, picking up my children at 3 pm after school… And my body thanks me for not having to play anymore! “, he added to The team.
The weekend figure
This is the kind of record that the Agenais would have done well: by losing against Montpellier on Saturday (19-39), the SU Agen made the worst start in the history of the Top 14: 16 days, and as many defeats. Their last victory dates back to February 22, 2020. With only two points scored, thanks to defensive bonuses, the SUA is on the trail of Bourgoin-Jallieu’s record in 2010-2011 (only six points at the end of the season). A success during the last ten days would be enough to avoid an even more stinging humiliation.
The weekend quiz
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