Gymnastics

Olympic Games 2021. French Gymnastics Championships: For some girls, Tokyo is close at hand

The French artistic gymnastics elite will meet on June 5 and 6 in Mouilleron-le-Captif, on the occasion of the national championships. The best women, such as Marine Boyer, Coline Devillard and Carolann Héduit, will fight to score big points for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos, European champion on beam, will not be at Vendéspace. The national technical director, Kévinn Rabaud, presents the event.

On the eve of the French artistic gymnastics championships, which will take place on June 5 and 6 in Mouilleron-le-Captif, Ouest-France spoke with Kévinn Rabaud, national technical director.

The absence of flag bearers

“After her European title on the beam at the end of April in Basel (Switzerland), Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos felt pain in her knee. We can not take risks, knowing that it must increase in intensity for the Olympic Games.

Samir Aït Saïd is in a somewhat similar case. Due to bicep pain, he had to withdraw from Europe. Today is better. He is in a period of recovery. However, it was too short for the French championships.

The tray

Despite the absence of Mélanie and Samir, our best representatives will be there this weekend in Mouilleron-le-Captif. There will our Olympic qualified Cyril Tommasone (4 th on pommel horse at the Rio Games) and Loris Frasca (8 th to the last jump of the European Championships).

But as the girls vying for selection for the Tokyo Games: Marine Boyer (4 th on beam in Rio), the Angevine Carolann Héduit (3 th at the European Junior Championships uneven bars), Sheyen Small and Coline Devillard , who just won a World Cup in jumping.

Challenges

The girls have to perform well this weekend, as these French championships are part of the selection process for the Games. Just like the results in the World Cup and the European Championships. On June 11, there will be a final test which will close the process, at Insep. Then we will define the best team for Tokyo.

For boys, it’s more of a preparation step. Cyril (Tommasone) was behind in Europe due to a lack of competition. He has just reassured himself, at the World Cup in Varna (Bulgaria), by finishing fourth on pommel horse. There, it is necessary that it clears its last doubts, by realizing a good performance in front of international judges.

Today, Coline ranks second in the world for vaulting. However, the first place gives an Olympic quota. If Jade Carey joins the American team, it will give an opportunity. However, I prefer that she focus on her performance and do a jump that makes her essential (as a team). His mark in the general competition this weekend may reassure the national commission … “

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