Emile Amoros and Lucas Rual: a look back at their first participation in the Tokyo Olympic Games

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From 27 July to 2 August, athletes Émile Amoros and Lucas Rual took part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The skippers, both from the Atlantic coast (Pornic), represented France in the 49er category. A look back at this incredible sporting adventure.

What is 49er?

The 49er is a planing dinghy steered by two crew members.As Emile explains in a podcast produced by the French Sailing Federation, this boat is not so easy to handle: “It’s an acrobat’s boat. We spend our time moving from one side to the other. It’s like a bicycle, if the boat doesn’t move forward, it falls. So we really have to create inertia, speed in the boat to create stability, which will allow us to keep a nice curve. It’s a very flat boat, very light and has little inertia, so it’s unstable and tends to always want to turn over.”

Athletes Émile Amoros and Lucas Rual on their 49er
Athletes Émile Amoros and Lucas Rual on the France 49er

Special conditions for the Olympic Games this year

The regattas (sailing events) were held in Enoshima, in Sagami Bay, only a few kilometres from Tokyo. But this year, due to the health crisis, the Olympic Games were unfortunately not attended by the public. The events were therefore very special for the athletes, who were deprived of the encouragement of the local crowd. They were also obliged to stay permanently in their hotel rooms, avoiding contact with the other participants as much as possible, far from the usual festive and friendly atmosphere.

Emile and Lucas were able to take a bit of NatéoSanté with them: an EOLIS Air Manager 600S air purifier, which accompanied them throughout their Olympic adventure, in their hotel room. The device allowed them to benefit, in a country with such a high level of air pollution, from permanently purified air like on the Pornicais coast, and from an additional protection against possible contamination from Covid-19.

Lucas Rual and Émile Amoros with the NatéoSanté air purifier
Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros with the NatéoSanté EOLIS Air Manager air purifier that accompanied them during the Games

More than just a little piece of the Pays de Retz, NatéoSanté really brought the fresh air of Pornic into our room in Japan.”

Emile and Lucas

An encouraging 15th place for our crew

After 4 days of sailing, with a total of 12 races, Emile and Lucas are in 15th place overall. (Details of the races can be found here).

49ers in the sailing category in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The different 49er crews that participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

This ranking did not allow them to enter the final medal race on 2 August, but for our skippers this result is very encouraging for a first Olympic participation. They gave it their all and are proud of how far they have come.

We fought until the end and didn’t give up! Our first Olympic Games were an extraordinary experience. We worked for a whole Olympiad to reach the first grail of selection. We tested our mental strength and we came out stronger and taller.

Emile and Lucas

Great Britain (D. Fletcher / S. Bithell), New Zealand (B. Tuke / P. Burling) and Germany (T. Ploessel / E. Heil) stood on the podium of these Games, winning gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

Emile, Lucas and NatéoSanté: strong links that bring us together

NatéoSanté has been accompanying Emile and Lucas for several years now, in a human adventure that goes beyond a simple partnership. The whole team is permanently behind the athletes and supports them in their various events and championships throughout the world.

As in Tokyo, the athletes were able to take an EOLIS Air Manager air purifier with them on a previous sporting adventure in Australia.

NatéoSanté has supported Emile and Lucas for years
NatéoSanté: All together with Emile and Lucas!