Alsatian sports and DNA trophies. Vote for Alsatian athlete of the month

In August and September, after gymnasts Aline Friess and Benjamin Osberger, and in October, Colmar’s canoeist Laura Fontaine, handball player, paratriathlete and fencer take to the track.

– With France’s women’s handball team, Cléopatre Darleux certainly failed to finish 4th at the Euros, but the Wittenheimoise was nevertheless named the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

– Lower Rhine saber Sara Balzer did not go unnoticed with a team victory and individual bronze at the World Cup in Algeria, as well as a 2nd place at the European circuit in Strasbourg.

– Finally, paratriathlete Jules Ribstein added a third world title to his collection by winning gold in the PTS2 category in Abu Dhabi on November 24.

So, who deserves the title of November’s Alsatian athlete?

You have until December 12 (18:00). The name of the winner will be announced the next day in all media of the two daily newspapers.

It is up to you to vote by visiting the link below

Cleopatra DARLEUX

Years pass and we begin to run out of options to evaluate the performances of Cléopatre Darleux in recent seasons.
The Alsatian goalkeeper of Brest Bretagne Handball, who was selected by Vanity Fair magazine as one of the 50 most influential French personalities in the world in 2021, still remains on the courts, which make up most of his daily work. With Brittany and Bleues.
Thus, the 33-year-old Wittenheimoise made the European championships in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia his big goal for the end of the year. Unfortunately, the French team failed last month in the worst possible place, at the foot of the podium, while the Blues flew on their theme until the semi-finals.
Clearly, the reigning Olympic champions and Haut-Rhin’s last bastion authored yet another stratospheric performance, plus earned him a place in the standard team of the tournament and the title of best goalkeeper of the competition. 57 saves and 38.5% efficiency in six matches – and even 51.9% efficiency in the 1st round! -, Alsatian didn’t steal anything again…

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Jules Ribstein won his third paratriathlon world title in Abu Dhabi.  Photo DNA/Cédric JOUBERT

Jules Ribstein won his third paratriathlon world title in Abu Dhabi. Photo DNA/Cédric JOUBERT


After being consecrated with the first world title in his category in Lausanne in 2019 (PTS2), then confirmed in Abu Dhabi in 2021, white with a second gold charm to follow in 2020, sanitary due to the crisis, ASPTT Strasbourg paratriathlete Jules Ribstein November On the 24th, he confirmed his status by climbing to the top step of the planetary podium for the third time in a row.
When he beat Spain’s Lionel Morales, the runner-up in 2021, by almost twenty seconds, he reduced it to almost one minute and twenty seconds, this time in the capital of the United Arab Emirates. He finishes the race in S format (750 m, 20 km, 5 km) in 1 hour 08’02”. “I was able to express myself at the best level,” smiles the now three-time world champion.
At the age of 36, Jules Ribstein is focusing on the Paralympic Games in Paris, where he could not go to Tokyo, the PTS2 category was not on the program for the Japanese edition last year. But before dreaming of gold and Olympic glory in 2024, the Lampertheim citizen must now focus on a busy 2023 with two major events: the test event of the Games on the banks of the Seine in Paris on August 19, and finally the world championships in September in Pontevedra, Spain.

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Sara Balzer is ending the year with a bang.  Photo by Alsace/JM.  LOOS

Sarah Balzer

UC Strasbourg swordsman Sara Balzer attacked the 2022-2023 season as she finished the previous season: at high speed. In November, the 27-year-old Bas-Rhinoise simply reached the podium in all the races he participated in.
Individually, he won the gold medal of the Tarbes national circuit, where many of the best Tricolors participated. In the process, he won bronze at the Algerian World Cup, which allowed him to climb to No. 7 in the world and officially become France’s No. 1 in the international rankings. Matthieu Gourdain, the new coach of the French fencing team, does not hide that the great left-hander is now the pillar of the tricolor team, which together with Sarah Balzer has won the team competition in Algeria every time. result. Last appearance to date for the Alsatian: she reached the final of the European circuit in Strasbourg, which featured six fencers from the world’s top 10, only to lose to reigning world champion Misaki Emura of Japan.
The best is surely yet to come, perhaps this weekend in Orleans Sarah Balzer will be one of the favorites for the first Grand Prix designated by the French Federation as a qualifier for the Euro and World Championships. On Sunday, she will once again lead the French women in the team competition.

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