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Archery: double gold for the French at the European Championships

Led by Jean-Charles Valladont, Thomas Chirault and Baptiste Addis, the French left the Italians no chance in the final, winning 6 to 0 (53-51, 52-50, 57-56), to win the first title continental since 2014.

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Archery: double gold for the French at the European Championships

Led by Jean-Charles Valladont, Thomas Chirault and Baptiste Addis, the French left the Italians no chance in the final, winning 6 to 0 (53-51, 52-50, 57-56), to win the first title continental since 2014. The French, with Lisa Barbelin, Caroline Lopez and Amélie Cordeau, dominated the Dutch 5 to 3 (55-55, 50-51, 52-51, 52-50) in the final for a first European team crown also since 2014.

Baptiste Addis and Jean-Charles Valladont will meet in the afternoon to compete for the individual bronze medal, while Lisa Barbelin will also compete for bronze, against the Italian Tatiana Andreoli.

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“We are in the final stretch before the Paris Olympic Games and we needed that little spark to take the team to the highest level. We managed to light it,” commented Thomas Chirault.

“We gave everything we could in this final and I am very proud of us,” rejoiced Lisa Barbelin, individual European champion in 2021 and leader of this French women’s team which has been collecting international podiums for a while now. more than a year. In a slightly different configuration (Amélie Cordeau won her place during the internal selections and replaces Audrey Adiceom), they were silver medalists at the European Games and at the Worlds in 2023.

They will be candidates for the Olympic team medal on Sunday July 28 on the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris, while the men will also try to climb onto the team podium on Monday July 29. “The Olympic Games are achievable! We can do it, we will work hard for it. It’s the home stretch and we’re going to give everything,” underlined Caroline Lopez.

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