Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP 23:49 p.m., June 27, 2023

He is the first Frenchman to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Montpellier's Bboy Dany has secured his ticket to the Olympics for the breaking, which will make his debut in the competition. The dancer won the men's tournament at the European Games in Poland on Tuesday.

Montpellier's Bboy Dany clinched his ticket to the Paris Olympics on Tuesday, where breaking will make its debut, by winning the men's tournament at the European Games held in Nowy Sacz (Poland). In an electric final, Bboy Dany dominated the Dutchman Menno, the reigning European champion, two sets to one. "It's the result of a lot of sacrifice and work. My son had put me a big challenge, he told me 'if you don't win, I'll yell at you', so I felt a little obliged to win today," the 33-year-old told AFP shortly after his victory.

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"I give appointment to all the French"

Dyed blond and dressed all in purple, the 33-year-old breaker, born in Guyana, chained acrobatic figures on the floor and energetic poses in front of a jury of nine dancers largely convinced. Currently at the top of the world qualification ranking for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Dany is now guaranteed to be present at the Concorde next summer, his victory in Nowy Sacz offering him an Olympic ticket.

"It's great for breaking to enter the Games. I look forward to seeing all French people next year at the Concorde to encourage us. I represent them now and I'm proud of it," said Bboy Dany.

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Not the same fate in women

On the women's side, on the other hand, the French delegation missed a great opportunity. Both qualified in the top 8, Bgirl Sissy and Bgirl Carlota were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Lithuania's Nicka and Ukraine's Stefani. It was the young Dutch India who validated her ticket to Paris after her victory in the final. Breaking, called "battle", see two dancers take turns competing in one-on-one on spectacular choreographies.

The tournament was organised as part of the European Games, an event bringing together 29 different sports, including 19 Olympic disciplines, which is being held until 2 July in Poland. Some events such as artistic swimming served as European Championships, while others such as breaking allowed to obtain quotas or points for the Olympic qualification ranking.