Castres and Montpellier in the Top 14 final, French MotoGP double, world champion Léon Marchand … What to remember about the sports weekend

The final slap is close to rugby. Next Friday, fans of oval ball will be able to enjoy a remake of the 2018 final between Castres and Montpellier, winners respectively of Toulouse de Languedoc i Bordeaux-Bègles in the semifinals. In MotoGP, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco won a beautiful French double at the German Grand Prix on Sunday 19 May, while in Budapest, the phenomenon Léon Marchand won his first international medal in the combined 400 meters on Saturday 18 June, during the World Swimming Championships. Championships. That’s all you need to remember about this sporting weekend.

Rugby: Castres and Montpellier face off in the final

Castres Olympique were the first to get their ticket to the Top 14 final on Friday, June 17. Although they are not favorites, Pierre-Henry Broncan’s players logically won (24-18) against the current one. champion of Toulouse. Thanks to the boot of his first goal Benjamin Urdapilleta, Tarn took advantage of the indiscipline of Antoine Dupont’s teammates (2 yellow cards) to return to the game, then reverse the trend.

On Saturday, Montpellier also validated his ticket to the Stade de France. Winner against Bordeaux-Bègles (19-10), the MHR -according to the regular phase- will want to take revenge on its 2018 executioner. They can count on several assets to try to climb to the top for the first time in their history. of hexagonal rugby.

MotoGP: Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco put on a show in Germany

Everything went perfectly for the French drivers this weekend in Germany. On the strings of the Sachsenring, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Johann Zarco (Pramac) signed a surprising tricolor double, the second of the season after the fact at the Portuguese Grand Prix, already in that order.

In the general classification of the season, “El Diablo” takes off even more with this third victory of the season, the second in a row after its success in Catalonia. He now has a 34-point lead over Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) on Sunday. Good operation for the second of the day, Zarco, who climbs to third place in the world.

Swimming: gold for Léon Marchand, silver for Marie Wattel

The boy with the golden future has become a man on his way to stacking medals. In Budapest, 20-year-old Léon Marchand began his harvest on Saturday by picking a first world title in the combined 400 meters. The first senior international medal for Toulouse, and perhaps not the last given the young man’s talent.


Less than 24 hours later, Marie Wattel got in tune with her little brother to also win her first individual medal at the world championships. The 25-year-old from Lille finished second in the 100m butterfly final on Sunday 19 June, ahead of favorite American Torri Huske.

F1: Max Verstappen wins in Canada and climbs to the drivers’ standings

The world champion has been on display this weekend in Canada. Conqueror during pole practice, author of pole position, the Dutchman Max Verstappen did not miss the opportunity to widen the gap with his competitors by winning his sixth Grand Prix of the season. He now has a 46-point lead over teammate Sergio Perez, who is forced to retire, and 49 over Charles Leclerc, 5th after a good comeback from 19th place on the grid at the start. The chasm after only nine races is immense.

Volleyball: the first international title in its history for Les Bleues

The players of Emile Rousseaux wrote the story. On Sunday in the Golden League final, the Blues dominated the Czech Republic in three sets (25-22, 27-25, 25-14) to register a first international title on their list.

In Orleans, they were able to count on the support of the public and the sight of Amandha Sylves and Lucille Gicquel to win. Since their victory in the semi-final against Croatia last Thursday, they have also qualified for the Challenger Cup, at the end of July in Zadar (Croatia), a tournament where eight teams will try to win a ticket to the 2023 League of Nations. ., a competition that brings together the au gratin of world volleyball.

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