The French tandem won the World Championships in Lasice, Czech Republic on Sunday, a year after winning Olympic gold.
Mathieu Androdias and Hugo Boucheron were not satisfied. The French duo, Olympic champions in Tokyo in 2021, became world champions in double his sculls at the Racice Worlds on Sunday, September 25. It was his second world title after winning in Bulgaria in 2018. Habs jumped over the first part of the race before taking control and he took the win in his 1 of 6:09.34.
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The French tandem hadn’t taken a shovel since the Olympics and had specifically given up defending its European champion title in Munich last August. This delayed restart of the competition did not affect Mathieu Androdias and Hugo Boucheron, who were already in excellent form in the semi-finals. They also approached the final of the day in the same way, starting with a bang to better knock out the competition. The Blues, who already had him leading by nearly two seconds in the 1,000m, resisted the return of Spanish couple Pujoral-Romero.
Paris in sight
Australians David Bartolot and Caleb Antill finished third ahead of two Croatian brothers, Martin and Valent Sinkovic, who were expected to be Habs’ main rivals. This second world title inducted Boucheron and Andro Diaz into their discipline and the French Sports Hall of Fame. What they need now is an Olympic double to lead the French national team to Paris 2024.