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Rio Games 2016: record haul of 42 medals for the French!

Rio Games 2016: record haul of 42 medals for the French!

Published on August 24, 2016
The French delegation set a new high and finished 7th in the nations ranking. Among the many satisfactions, the historical performances in track and field, boxing and equestrian sports.

spip_logoThe French have won 10 gold, 18 silver and 14 bronze in Rio! They set a new record for silver medals, winning the most since 1920.

Among the triumphs of the French delegation: undeniably historical performances in track and field, boxing and equestrian sports.


The French boxers were at the top of their game, winning six medals, including two titles: gold medals for Tony Yoka and Estelle Mossely, silvers medals for Sarah Ourahmoune and Sofiane Oumiha and bronze for the inspiring captain, Souleymane Cissokho, who serenely guided his team members, including other bronze medalists: Christian Mbilli and Mathieu Bauderlique.


Another six medals for the French Athletics Federation! We must return to 1948 to find such a good performance. Numerous medals found their successors: Melina Robert-Michon, silver medalist of the discus throw (last podium in 1948), Christophe Lemaitre, bronze in 200m (1960), Dimitri Bascou, bronze in 110m hurdles (1976) and Kevin Mayer, silver medalist in the decathlon (1948).

Lavillenie (silver medal) attained his second consecutive podium in high jump, something no athlete had achieved since 1980. Mahiedine Mekhissi Bennabad got his third medal in the 3000m steeplechase in three Olympics. He joins the legendary ranks of French athlete Alain Mimoun.


The French equestrian family can celebrate exceptional Olympic Games: two gold medals in team and a silver medal in individual.

The French team achieved an outstanding performance by winning Olympic gold (Astier Nicolas, Karim Laghouag, Valletta Thibaut Mathieu Lemoine). Astier Nicolas then became Olympic medalist in individual just after.

A few days later, and despite the obstacles put in their path, the French riders won the gold medal in the jumping competition.


Winning two gold medals in heavyweight with Emilie Andéol and Teddy Riner, two silver medals with Audrey Tcheuméo and Clarisse Agbegnenou and one bronze medal with Cyrille Maret, the French judokas finish with a very good performance, consistent with the rank of France in the discipline.


Silver medalists (both men’s and women’s teams), the French handball team finished in first place as a nation in a sport that is now a traditional purveyor of Olympic podiums for France.


French sailing came back from Rio with three medals, including a title for Charline Picon. The windsurfer Faustine Merret won the gold medal, and Pierre Le Coq the bronze medal, as did the duo Hélène Defrance / Camille Decointre in 470.


Elodie Clouvel became the first individual Olympic French medalist in the modern pentathlon with a silver medal. The same ranking to Jean-Charles Valladont, first archer on an individual podium since Sébastien Flute in 1992.

In taekwondo, Haby Niaré, already European and World champion at 23, ascended the second step of the Olympic podium for his first Olympics. Alexis Raynaud and Jean Quiquampoix brought two medals to France in shooting. In swimming, Marc-Antoine Olivier took the bronze in the 20km marathon, while the 4x100m relay and Florent Manaudou individually brought two more silver medals to French swimming.

Olympic champion Denis Gargaud succeeded past champion Tony Estanguet in C1 slalom and was awarded the gold medal by ... Tony Estanguet! In C2, Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche, 4th in London, finally ascended the Olympic podium! In canoeing, Maxime Beaumont won a silver medal in the K1 200m, the best result of a French athlete at the Olympics since 1984.

Also on the water, Peter Houin and Jérémie Azou became Olympic rowing champions, a feat that no French rower had accomplished since Athens 2004 and the Hardy / Vieilledent duo. The list grows even longer with the rowing bronze medal of Franck Solforosi, Thomas Baruch, William and Thibault Raineau Colard.

Another bronze went to Gregory Bauge, Michael D’Almeida and Francois Pervis on the speed team event.


Gold, silver and bronze. The French fencers performed well in Rio, especially in épée fencing. The team competition, absent from the London Games, was won by the French team (Yannick Borel, Gauthier Grumier, Daniel Jerent, Jean-Michel Lucenay). They took the gold, as in Beijing in 2008 and Athens in 2004! Aditionally in épée fencing, Gauthier Grumier was awarded the individual bronze. The French foil fencers (Jean-Paul Tony Helissey, Erwan Le Pechoux, Enzo Lefort, Jeremy Cadot), got the silver medal.


Teddy Riner, flag bearer of the French delegation – "As the flag bearer I must thank all those who worked for the team. I had wonderful Games. We achieved new records. We had a great Olympiad in Brazil and we want to believe we will host the Games in Paris in 2024 because we want to share this with the public. It’s just something special as an athlete and as a sports lover."

Thierry Braillard, Secretary of State for Sport – "I want to associate myself with the satisfying performance of the French delegation in terms of medals. I want to note that 14 federations were medalists during the Games while there were only 10 in London. There is also a major challenge for the development of women’s sports. 26% of medalists were women."

France’s Medals

Boxing - men’s super-heavy weight +91kg August 21, 2016 Gold Tony Yoka from Paris came in 8th in the London Olympics.
Handball - men’s August 21, 2016 Silver The French team: Cedric Sorhaindo, Michael Guigou, Luka Karabatic, Ludovic Fabregas, Adrien Dipanda, Valentin Porte, Luc Abalo, Timothey N’Guessan, Thierry Omeyer, Olivier Nyokas, Daniel Narcisse, Vincent Gerard, Nikola Karabatic, Kentin Mahe and Mathieu Grebille.
Handball - women’s August 21, 2016 Silver The French team: Chloe Bulleux, Tamara Horacek, Beatrice Edwige, Estelle Nze-Minko, Gnonsiane Niombla, Alexandra Lacrabere, Siraba Dembele, Manon Houette, Amandine Leynaud, Laura Glauser, Camille Ayglon Saurina, Allison Pineau, Laurisa Landre, Grace Zaadi Deuna and Marie Prouvensier
Boxing - women’s fly 51kg August 20, 2016 Silver Sarah Ourahmoune from Sèvres is participating in her first Olympics. She came in third in the 2016 world championships.
Men’s kayak single 200m August 20, 2016 Silver Maxime Beaumont from Boulogne- sur-mer came in 4th in London
Taekwondo - women’s 67kg August 20, 2016 Silver Haby Niare from Mantes -La-Jolie is participating in her first Olympics.
Modern Pentathlon - women’s August 19, 2016 Silver Elodie Clouvel from Saint-Priest-en-Jarez came in 31st in the London Olympics.
Boxing - women’s 57-60kg August 19, 2016 Gold Estelle Mossely from Créteil is the first woman to win a boxing title for France. She is participating in her first Olympics.
Track and field - men’s 200 m August 19, 2016 Bronze Christophe Lemaitre from Annecy, who competed in London in 2012.
Track & field - men’s decathlon August 19, 2016 Silver Kévin Mayer from Argenteuil, who came in 15th in London in 2012.
Sailing - women’s 470 (dinghy) August 18, 2016 Bronze The French team: Camille Lecointre and Hélène de France.
Track and field - men’s 3000m steeplechase August 17, 2016 Bronze Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad from Reims won the silver medal in both the London and Beijing Games.
Equestrian team jumping August 17, 2016 Gold The French team: Kevin Staut, Pénélope Leprevost, Philippe Rozier and Roger-Yves Bost.
Track and Field - men’s 110 m hurdles August 17, 2016 Bronze Dimitri Bascou from Schoelcher (Martinique) competed in the London Olympics, where he came in 19th. He came in first in the 2016 European championship.
Boxing - men’s light 60kg August 17, 2016 Silver Sofiane Oumiha from Toulouse is competing in his first Olympic Games.
Boxing - men’s light heavy 81kg August 16, 2016 Bronze Mathieu Bauderlique from Hennin-Beaumont is participating in his first Olympic Games. He came in first in the 2015 World Championship.
Track and Field - women’s discus throw August 16, 2016 Silver Mélina Robert-Michon from Voiron is competing in her fourth Olympic Games. She previously came in fifth in London and eighth in Beijing.
Marathon Swimming - men’s 10 km August 16, 2016 Bronze Marc-Antoine Olivier from Denain is participating in his first Olympic Games.
Track and Field -Men’s pole vault August 16, 2016 Silver Renaud Lavillenie from Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire competed in his first Olympic games in London in 2012, where he won the gold medal.
Boxing - Men’s welter 69kg August 15, 2016 Bronze Souleymane Cissokho from Dakar, Senegal is competing in his first Olympic Games.
Fencing - Men’s team épée August 15, 2016 Gold The French team: Daniel Jérent, Yannick Borel, Gauthier Grumier and Jean-Michel Lucenay.
Sailing - Women’s RS:X (windsurfer) August 14, 2016 Gold Charline Picon from Royan came in 8th in London in 2012 and was an alternate in Beijing in 2008.
Sailing - Men’s RS:X (windsurfer) August 14, 2016 Bronze Pierre Le Coq from Saint-Brieuc won the 2015 world championship. He is competing in his first Olympic Games.
Shooting - Men’s 50m rifle 3 positions August 14, 2016 Bronze Alexis Raynaud from Grasse, who is competing in his first Olympic Games.
Shooting - Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol August 14, 2016 Silver Jean Quiquampoix from Paris, who is competing in his first Olympic Games.
Swimming - Men’s 50 m freestyle August 13, 2016 Silver Florent Manaudou from Villeurbanne, who won the Gold in the 50 m freestyle in London in 2012.
Fencing - Men’s team foil August 13, 2016 Silver The French team: Jeremy Cadot, Erwan Le Pechoux, Enzo Lefort and Jean-Paul Tony Helissey.
Archery August 12, 2016 Silver Jean-Charles Valladont from Besancon competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and came in first in the 2016 European Championship.
Women’s 78kg Judo August 12, 2016 Gold Emilie Andeol came in first in the 2014 and 2015 European Championships. These are her first Olympic Games.
Men’s over 100kg Judo August 12, 2016 Gold Teddy Riner, from Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) also won gold in London in 2012. He has won eight World Championships gold medals, the first and only judoka to do so.
Rowing - lightweight men’s double sculls August 12, 2016 Gold The French team: Pierre Houin et Jérémie Azou.
Track Cycling- Men’s Team Sprint August 11, 2016 Bronze The French team: François Pervis,Grégory Baugé and Michaël D’Almeida.
Men’s 100kg Judo August 11, 2016 Bronze Cyrille Maret, a heavyweight competitor from Dijon is participating in his first Olympic Games.
Women’s 78kg Judo August 11, 2016 Silver Audrey Tcheumeo from Bondy won Bronze in the 2012 London Olympics. She has also won medals at the World Judo Championships and European Judo Championships.
Men’s Canoe Slalom Double August 11, 2016 Bronze The French team: Gauthier Klauss et Matthieu Péché.
Rowing, Lightweight coxless four August 11, 2016 Bronze The French team: Franck Solforosi, Thomas Baroukh, Guillaume Raineau, Thibault Colard.
Men’s individual épée August 9, 2016 Bronze Gauthier Grumier, who competes in his second Olympics,began fencing at the age of three.
Women’s 63kg Judo August 9, 2016 Silver Clarisse Agbegnenou, 2014 World Champion of the Judo Club Escales of Argenteuil, France. She is competing in her first Olympic Games.
Canoe Slalom August 9, 2016 Gold Denis Gargaud from Marseille, competing in his first Olympic Games. His win ends the two-man winning streak between Slovakia’s Michal Martikan and France’s Tony Estanguet in this event since 1996.
Equestrian Individual Eventing August 9, 2016 Silver Astier Nicolas, on horse Piaf De B’Neville. This equestrian from Toulouse is competing in his first Olympic Games.
Equestrian Team Eventing August 9, 2016 Gold The French team: Astier Nicolas, Karim Florent Laghouag, Thibaut Vallette and Mathieu Lemoine.
Swimming Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay August 7, 2016 Silver The French team: Mehdy Metella, Fabien Gilot, Florent Manaudou and Jérémy Stravius.
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