It is to believe that a curse falls on Aurélie Muller (29 years) when it comes to the Olympics. The Frenchwoman, protected by Philippe Lucas, did not get her qualification for the Tokyo Games in 2020. The double world champion in the 10 km was ranked only eleventh, for a tenth of a second, at the Championships of the world in open water in Yeosu (South Korea). The top 10 was imperative to win the Olympic sesame.
The other French woman in the running, Lara Grangeon, got her ticket for the 2020 Olympics, finishing fourth.
This is another blow to Lorraine in its Olympic history. In 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, the French had lived a nightmare. She had been disqualified from the 10 km open water and deprived of a silver medal for putting her hand on a competitor's head in the last meters of the race.
His last hope? A claim…
At the time, a claim had been lodged by Italy and her swimmer Rachele Bruni. She had been accepted. This Sunday, the France team has asked for an unsporting act. And as luck would have it, the swimmer targeted by the blue clan is the same Italian. According to the tricolor, Bruni, who finished third, would have "leaned on the legs" of Muller "150 m from the finish." This claim remains the last chance for Aurélie Muller to see Tokyo. After a slow pace in 2018, it was back to full steam last September with the 2020 Olympics in the lead. His sporting future is now dotted.