France in the Top 5 in the medal table, a realistic objective?

Par Gilles Festor

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The Karabatic Brothers and the Blues will defend their Olympic title acquired in Tokyo in 2021. JB Autissier / JB Autissier / Panoramic

ANALYSE – Amélie Oudéa-Castera has set the Blues the objective of appearing in the top five places among nations in Paris, a performance that France has not achieved since 1948 but which seems achievable. Explanations.

During a press conference organized this Friday from the Marcel Cachin high school in Saint-Ouen, which adjoins the Olympic village, Amélie Oudéa-Castera shared France’s ambitions for the future Olympic Games in Paris. Next summer, the Minister of Sports wants to see the French delegation appear in the Top 5 of the medal table at the end of the fortnight of competition.

In the hierarchy of the Olympic Games, this place is established, let us remember in relation to the number of Olympic titles and not by taking into account the overall harvest of charms (gold, silver and bronze). However, in twenty-eight editions of modern Olympics since 1896, France has managed to climb into the top five world nations eight times. However, we have to go back to 1948 and the London Olympics to find traces of such a performance (third with 29 medals, including ten gold). Since the Tricolores have never done better than sixth, at the Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Beijing (2008) and Rio de…

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