So far, 1/3 of France’s Olympic medals are military!

The military contingent of the French Olympic delegation has so far been responsible for harvesting one-third of the French total of nine medals. It has brought in a gold and two silvers.

The silver medals being distributed at the Rio Olympic Games

The silver medals being distributed at the Rio Olympic Games

The gold medals being distributed at the Rio Olympic Games

The gold medals being distributed at the Rio Olympic Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first, a silver medal was won on 8 August with his teammates by Sergeant Florent Manaudou in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. The team, which included civilians Fabien Gilot, Mehdy Metella and Jérémy Stravius, swam in 3’10″53 but it was 1″61 slower than the team from the United States which swam in 3’09″92. The French team was nevertheless disappointed to lose the Olympic title it had won in London.

The silver medallists from left to right: Medella, Manaudou, Gilot and Stravius

The silver medallists from left to right: Medella, Manaudou, Gilot (team captain) and Stravius

 

The second, a gold medal was won on 9 August by Lt. Colonel Thibaut Vallette and his horse Qing du Brio*ENE-HN-JO/JEM in the team cross-country event. The pair came in 18th in the individual event. Vallette’s civilian team-mates were Astier Nicolas (who went on to win an individual bronze), Karim Laghouag  and Mathieu Lemoine, respectively 31st and 10th in the individual event.

The equestrian eventing gold medallists, from left to right: Vallette

The equestrian eventing gold medallists, from left to right: Laghouag, Touzaint, Nicolas and Vallette

 

And the third medal, a silver, was won by Brigadier Clarisse Agbgnenou  on 9 August in the judo half middleweight category (less than 63kg). She lost in the final against Slovenia’s Tina Trstenjak. She too was disappointed, blaming her second place on her own impatience. “I’m very disappointed. I wasn’t patient enough. I wanted to get in there and I should have let a bit of time go by and wait for her to tire. But I saw a breach and took the opportunity but she countered…”

Agbegnenou with her silver medal (photo: AFP)

Agbegnenou with her silver medal (photo: AFP)