Julia Simon's "remontada" to become world champion in biathlon pursuit, Ireland winning against the France team in the VI Nations Tournament, the Alpine Ski Worlds in Méribel and Courchevel, the 23rd day of Ligue 1... Find the most beautiful sports shots of the weekend through the work of photojournalists who travel the various sports fields all over the world. Thanks to the press agencies, always on the front line to cover major sporting events and to the journalists of the editorial staff of 20 Minutes, here is another look, in pictures, on sports information.
Director: Olivier JUSZCZAK
After being surprised at home by Scotland on the first day, England got back on track by dominating Italy (31-14) Sunday at Twickenham at the end of the second day of the Six Nations Tournament.
In the hard, Rennes fell again in Toulouse (3-1), a third defeat in four Ligue 1 games that earned the Bretons to abandon Sunday the fifth place in Lille, superior to Strasbourg (2-0). At the bottom of the table, Montpellier gave themselves air against Brest (3-0) for the first time of the returning Michel Der Zakarian on the bench. Behind, the red lantern Angers and the penultimate Auxerre neutralized 1-1 during this 23rd day of the France football championship.
Italy's Jannik Sinner, ranked 17th in the world, won his first tournament of the season, the seventh of his career, on Sunday by beating French-born American Maxime Cressy (250st) 51-7 (6/7), 3-6 in the final of the ATP 3 in Montpellier. With the win, Sinner, the former No. 9, will move up to No. 14 in the ATP rankings on Monday. For his part, Cressy, ex-31st, will find the Top 40.
French biathlete Julia Simon, 26, became world pursuit champion (10km) for the first time on Sunday in Oberhof, Germany. The overall World Cup leader finished ahead of Germany's Denise Herrmann-Wick and Norway's Marte Olsbu Roeiseland.
Only tenth in the sprint, the Frenchwoman started 1' 03" behind Germany's Denise Herrmann-Wick, who won on Thursday. Despite the thick fog that fell on Oberhof as in the men's sprint the day before, Julia Simon was imperial in shooting. She scored a clean sheet on both prone shots and the first standing shot and committed only one foul on the second standing shot.
Swiss world No. 1 Marco Odermatt finally became world champion on Sunday in Courchevel, during the downhill, a discipline where he had never won before.
At the finish, he let out his rage with a cry covered by the hundreds of others coming from the stands in front of his masterful performance. Odermatt knew it, he had just succeeded in "the most beautiful race of his life".
Shaken, heckled, the XV of France collapsed for the first time after fourteen victories, Saturday in Ireland (32-19), on the 2nd day of the Six Nations Tournament, letting slip his dreams of a second Grand Slam in a row.
The Clover XV scored four tries, by Hugo Keenan (9th), James Lowe (21st), Finlay Bealham (27th) and Garry Ringrose (73rd) to forget a series of three consecutive defeats against the Blues (35-27 in 2020, 15-13 in 2021 and 30-24 in 2022).
Before going to challenge France in two weeks, Scotland confirmed its good start in the Six Nations Tournament with the largest victory in its history (35-7) against Wales, Saturday, for the second day. With the offensive bonus point, the Scots join Ireland at the top of the table with 10 points.
Real Madrid clinched their fifth Club World Cup crown on Saturday by beating Saudi side Al Hilal 5-3 in a river-scoring final in Rabat, Morocco, lifting the hundredth trophy in the club's history according to the White House's countdown.
Totally overwhelmed by events and in distress, PSG was outclassed in Monaco (3-1), Saturday on the 23rd day of Ligue 1, and plunges into the crisis three days before the shock against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. This severe defeat, which comes just after an inglorious elimination in Marseille in the Coupe de France (2-1), only confirms the bad pass of the club of the capital. Since the resumption of national competitions after the 2022 World Cup, this team is unrecognizable.
A double from Chilean Alexis Sanchez allowed Marseille to win at Clermont (2-0) in the match of the 23rd matchday of Ligue 1. Second in the standings, OM, who won a fifth consecutive away victory.
Switzerland's Jasmine Flury created a huge surprise by becoming the 29-year-old downhill world champion on Saturday in Meribel, while the big favourite, Italy's Sofia Goggia, got on a door. Flury was four hundredths of a second ahead of Austria's Nina Ortlieb and twelve hundredths ahead of another Swiss, reigning Olympic champion and 2021 world champion Corinne Suter.
Norwegian biathlete Johannes Boe unsurprisingly became world sprint champion (10km) on Saturday in Oberhof, ahead of his older brother Tarjei and compatriot Sturla Laegreid. Another Norwegian, Johannes Dale, finished at the foot of the podium while the Frenchman Quentin Fillon Maillet had to settle for 9th place. The Norwegian reoffended this Sunday in the pursuit.
Benjamin Thomas, taulier of the French track, brought the Blues their first title at the European Championships in Granges (Switzerland) by winning Saturday in the Olympic discipline of the omnium. Thanks to a race full of control and intelligence, Thomas repelled the attacks of Italian Simone Consonni, his teammate of the year at Cofidis, to win his ninth European title in total.
Boulogne-Levallois, led by a great Victor Wembanyama, overthrew Dijon after a failed start to win 93-86 on Friday in the 21st day of Elite. By emerging victorious from this top-of-the-table clash against fourth-placed JDA, the Metropolitans retain their second place with a record of 15 wins and six losses.
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