With three medals per hour, the French table tennis team managed to defy the odds during the Gymnasiade. Team competitions in particular allowed the Blues to exalt themselves at home.
In the heart of the Complexe de la belle étoile in Montivilliers, the sound of bullets echoed throughout the Gymnasiade. In a discipline dominated by Asian countries from the junior categories, the French table tennis team aimed to show a victorious face. He got the ball rolling, especially since there were team events in the Blues’ favour. There is a level of play between girls. At the end of a very long group stage, the French players shoulder to shoulder with Brazil in the quarterfinals. This first test passed successfully (4-0). However, it was China Taipei that stood ahead of Les Bleues in the semi-finals. A very high step for young French women who consoled themselves with a beautiful bronze medal.
bronze for girls and boys
The group stage for men is the same length but also well controlled by the playful and solid French. As with the girls, Brazil standing ahead of Habs in the quarterfinals. There, too, the score is certain: the victory is 4-0. But here again, France must stand shoulder to shoulder with Chinese Taipei in hopes of earning a worthy ticket to the final. Like girls, boys compete against the best young players in their age group. Before they can quickly find a smile… it makes sense for them to give up. A beautiful bronze medal awaits the French on the podium.
Surprise for Adrien Coton and Milhane Jellouli
The already successful French Table Tennis Gymnasiade took an even more positive turn on the final day of the competition. Then it is the couples players who are in contention. Adrien Coton and Milhane Jellouli shine in this little game. They have pairs first from Brazil, Chinese Taipei and then the USA before they challenge Romania in the final. With the support of the public, Adrien Coton and Milhane Jellouli won 3 sets 1 (11-8, 11-2, 8-11, 11-4) in a day with very little competition left. An unexpected success before the start of the event. But two young ping experts stuck to their hands.
dream: win at home. The accomplished mission for French table tennis aims, more than ever, to unleash a new generation at a very high level.