French teams triumphant in Montpellier, golden comeback for Rowlandson
The men's podium at the Montpellier World Tour stop which ended on Saturday
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Lusson and Longuet put up a real fight in the bronze medal match and easily won the second set, but Eiholzer/Steinemann eventually pulled out a 2-1 victory (22-20, 14-21, 15-6) to secure the third place.
The final was a real delight for the crowd in attendance and a very close fight from start to end. However, Jupiter’s blocks contributed to a 2-1 (21-15, 12-21, 15-12) victory for her and Placette and the French team could triumph with the gold medals, while Bobner and Verge-Depre had to be content with the silver. Jupiter and Placette could start in the best way the qualification process towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. “We are very proud of having performed this way in front of our home audience,” they said. “With this medal, we have shown that we truly belong to the programme designed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We have to continue this way and claim more wins in the next stops of the World Tour.”
In the men’s semis, home favourites Youssef Krou and Quincy Aye came from behind and made up for a slow start to edge their young Swiss opponents Florian Breer and Yves Haussener 2-1 (15-21, 21-19, 15-10). The other semifinal was a French derby that lasted for three sets as well. It was a close match all the way until underdogs Edouard Rowlandson/Olivier Barthelemy edged last week’s gold medal winners in Siofok Romain Di Giantommaso and Jeremy Silvestre 2-1 (21-19, 18-21, 15-10). “We start every match as relaxed as we can,” Rowlandson commented. “The most important for us is to have fun as long as we stay on the court. We will keep this very same mind-set because there is nothing as rewarding as playing the final of an international tournament.”
Di Giantommaso/Silvestre regrouped in the bronze medal match where they wasted as many as six match points in the second set but they ultimately beat Breer/Haussener 2-1 (21-16, 25-27, 15-10) to secure their second World Tour medal in as many weeks. This way Di Giantommaso and Silvestre secured a complete French sweep of the men’s podium.
Many fans attended the all-French men’s final where Rowlandson and Barthélémy stormed to a landslide 2-0 (21-15, 21-12) victory as Krou and Aye could not find any response to the superb defence game of their opponents. This is a truly outstanding result for Rowlandson who crowned his comeback to the international scene after two years with a gold medal!
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