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Luka Mkheidze wins the first French medal at the Tokyo Olympics. A victory with a taste of revenge for this French sportsman who arrived in France as a refugee. Gregory Naboulet is live from Tokyo
Tears of joy for Luka Mkheidze who won a first French medal at the Tokyo Olympics (Japan). At 25, the judoka brings back bronze in the under 60 kilos. A hardly believable success for this judoka who almost did not come to Tokyo. “Since I was very young, I have been thinking about participating in the Games, bringing back a medal and in 2020 it was not won, I should not go to the Games but this postponement gave me another chance to qualify.“, did he declare. Facing Korean Kim Won-jin, after 8 minutes and three penalties for his opponent, he wins. A symbolic victory for this tricolor born in Georgia.
“You have to go back to 2004, at the Athens Games, to see France win a medal on the first day of competition. It is therefore a good start, like the performance of one of our two flag bearers, Samir Aït Saïd, who qualified for the rings final which will take place on August 2. He signs the third best performance in qualifying“. Disappointment for the Nicolas pair Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, eliminated in the second tournament double.