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

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

The end clap is getting closer in rugby. Next Friday, fans of the oval ball will be treated to a remake of the 2018 final between Castres and Montpellier, winners respectively of Toulouse and Bordeaux-Bègles in the semi-finals. In MotoGP, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco scored a nice French double at the German Grand Prix on Sunday May 19, while in Budapest, the phenomenon Léon Marchand won his first international medal in the 400 meter medley on Saturday June 18, during the World Swimming Championships. That’s all you need to remember from this sports weekend.

Rugby: Castres and Montpellier meet in the final

Castres Olympique was the first, Friday, June 17, to win his ticket to the final of the Top 14. Yet not favorites, the players of Pierre-Henry Broncan logically won (24-18) against the defending champion Toulouse. Thanks to the boot of their opener Benjamin Urdapilleta, the Tarn took advantage of the indiscipline of the teammates of Antoine Dupont (2 yellow cards) to return to the match, then reverse the trend.

On Saturday, Montpellier also validated its ticket for the Stade de France. Winner against Bordeaux-Bègles (19-10), the MHR – second in the regular phase – will want to take revenge against their executioner of 2018. They can count on several assets to try to climb for the first time in their history at pinnacle 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. In the laces of the Sachsenring, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Johann Zarco (Pramac) signed an astonishing double tricolor, the second of the season after the one made at the Portuguese Grand Prix, already in that order.

In the general classification of the season, “El Diablo” takes off even further 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), fourth on Sunday. Nice 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 kid with the golden future has become a man well on his way to stacking the medals. In Budapest, Léon Marchand, 20, began his harvest on Saturday by picking up a first world title in the 400m medley. The first international senior medal for the Toulousain, and perhaps not the last given the talent of the young man.

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

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

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

Volleyball: first international title in their history for Les Bleues

Emile Rousseaux’s players wrote history. Sunday in the final of the Golden League, Les Bleues dominated the Czech Republic in three sets (25-22, 27-25, 25-14) to register a first international title on their list.

In Orléans, they were able to count on the support of the public and the vista 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 for the League of Nations 2023, competition which brings together the gratin of world volleyball.

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