ATHLE.FR | Championnats du monde juniors : Konaté encore sur le toit du monde

ATHLE.FR | Championnats du monde juniors : Konaté encore sur le toit du monde

Thanks to a jump of 8.08 m, Erwan Konaté climbed to the highest step of the podium in the long run, a year after the title he had already won at the Nairobi World Cup, becoming the first Frenchman to achieve such a double in junior. He signs the best performance of the year in his category, and gets the first medal of the French team in Cali.

The medal

A historic double for Konaté

He raised his arms in the air, greeted the public – who had concentrated in the stands near the jumper – and roared. After landing back in the sand at 8.08m (+0.4) on his fifth attempt, erwan konate had just returned to the lead in the length competition, being surpassed, until then, by the Cuban Alexander Stop and its 7.91 m. So no one got past it. When he finished the contest, he hugged his trainer, Robert Emmiyan, then tricolor. In the French clan, everyone congratulated each other.
However, the beginning of the final had been “ Complicated “, according to the words of the main interested party, with four competitors between 7.81 and 7.91 m, including him in 7.83 m, jump made on his second attempt and then synonymous with second place. After his second, third and fourth attempts, we saw him wince on the track. ” So I told myself that I had to walk 8 meters and slapped my buttocks.said the jumper from Amiens UC. On the fifth try, I jumped with a vengeance.
With this new title, erwan konate becomes the first Frenchman to achieve a double in the Junior World Cup, a year after winning gold in Nairobi, and in passing he signs the best performance of the year among the under-20s and the second of his career after his 8.12 m in Kenya.
Cold, once the medal ceremony and anti-doping control had passed, he entrusted himself to feeling” released after this victory. ” The year has been complicated. After my title last year, I found myself with a lot of weight on my shoulders, overnight, at 18 years old. Then it became complicated to jump just for fun. Coming into this World Cup, my goal was to jump for myself, to have fun. “, he detailed.
For his part, his coach -current holder of the European length record- said to himself ” very happy “At the end of the competition, and ensures that Erwan had” still reserves in his fifth attempt, at the technical level “. What to dream of beautiful mornings.

the declare

“I finished sixth: it’s good for a first international competition, because it’s hard to do everything perfect, and I fought until the end”

After the traditional lap of honor starring the decathletes, at the end of their ten tests, pierre blaecke had a smile. For his first international selection, he finished in sixth place with 7,520 points, 102 podium points and 64 points of his record. The athlete from EA Grenoble 38 made a good comeback in the general classification during the last race, the 1500m, gaining three places thanks to a time of 4’26”71. He assures that he had a lot of fun during these two days, in which he broke three personal bests -in the 100 m (11”26), in the long distance (7.12 m) and in the javelin (55.30 m)- and achieved performances close to his best level: high (1.87m), over 400m (50”44) and 110m hurdles (14”81). ” It was huge to participate in a competition like that. “, he concluded.
As to sasha rifflart, finished ninth with 7,457 points, thirty points behind eighth, a position that would have allowed him to be a finalist in this decathlon. Although the member of AC Cannes arrived in Colombia with a record of 7,571 points, he also broke his records in the 100m (11”12) and 400m (49”94), while achieving good performances in the shot put ( 14.81m), 110m hurdles (14”11), and javelin (50.38m). Only drawback: the height test, in which he only crossed 1.84 m, while he has a record of 2.01 m, set last year. But he also wanted to retain above all the positive: “ For a first World Cup, it is not a success, but it is not missed either, given my performances and what they give off. This is just a postponement! »

The promises

Address the final for Ammirati and Petifar

Finalized contract for the two tricolor pole vaulters, antonio ammirati Y petifar sloanwho managed to win the ticket to the final, finishing in first and eleventh position respectively in the classification, imitating what was achieved the day before by Léa Mauberret and Elise Russis.
The former only needed one jump to secure his place, easily surpassing 5.20m, which allowed him to ” draw a line under last year »: during the last U-20 World Cup, the Entente du Pays de Fayence Athlétisme pole vaulter had reached the top of the world balance, but had failed to cross the bar during the rankings. This year, therefore, he will be eager to take his.” revenge in the end “, where he will aim for the title. More than legitimate ambitions, since he has the best entrance record: 5.70m this season, compared to 5.53m in the second, the Finn juho alasaarialso tied for first place in qualifying.
by his side, petifar sloan he had to do it twice to cross the 5.05m, before failing in the 5.20m, while a salsa air sounded in the stadium. But it was enough to get to the final, where he will run. in full swing “, with ” great poles », unlike his qualifying competition, where he preferred to remain cautious. Two days earlier, the Athletic Trois Tours member had effectively ripped open his left hand, breaking his stick in training, and thus competed with two stitches on Tuesday. During the final, which will take place on Thursday at 3:05 p.m. local time (10:05 p.m. French time), he will aim for the podium, who currently holds the fourth perf ‘of the entries.

Ideal start for Lefevre at height

He arrived in Colombia with the twelfth performance of the entrants (2.15 m), the high jumper Martin Lefevre He entered his competition perfectly, erasing 2.08 m in the first attempt, after a “ little scare at 2 m “, a bar that passed on the second attempt. ” I lacked speed in the corner but managed to come back quickly after “, Said the athlete, tied for second place in the qualifiers, smiling. Qualified for the final, which will take place on Friday at 15:21 local time (22:21 French time), the jumper from Villeneuve-d’Ascq Fretin Athlétisme will target the ” 2.20 m and the title “. You will find there in particular the South Africans Brian Ratsfirst in qualifications, and holder of a personal best at 2.26 m.

And also

That’s where the competition ends for Erius and Dugué

Holder of the fourth fastest time for entries in his 100m semi-final, jeff erius Unfortunately, he did not manage to reach the final, crossing the finish line in sixth position, in 10”34 (+0.7). The sprinter from Strasbourg Agglomeration Athlé particularly regretted not having achieved a better time, when he had run in 10”56 series, despite a strong unfavorable wind (-2.9 m). The final was then won by Botswana Letsile Tebogo : In 9”91 (+0.8), he broke his own U-20 world record, despite a career ending in which he swung right, pointing fingers at his opponents…
Qualified in time for the 110m hurdles semi-finals, Oscar Dugue He had less luck in this race: he crossed the finish line in 14”02 (+0.5), that is, seven hundredths slower than in the series. Guilt, surely, with a big foul at the eighth or ninth hurdle “: ” I wrote it down, which slowed me down. What to feed the regrets, since he assures that he had felt good during all the rest of the race. To qualify for the final, you had to run at least 13.59, while Normand’s personal best is 13.74.

Disappointment for hammer thrower Wilfrid Huet

Eliminated in hammer qualification, Wiltrid Huet confided his disappointment after the competition: “I couldn’t express myself. I am disappointed, because I wanted to reach the final. During his first try, he hit the ground with his machine and then bit on his second try. Before his third pitch, he raised his arms in the air to claim the encouragement of the other French pitchers, present in the stands, and the rest of the competitors. But it was not enough. Result: 64.22 m, about seven meters less than his personal best.
Finally the sprinter Orane Doumbe Unfortunately, he was unable to defend his chances in the 100m heat, injuring his knee during training. ” It is a recurrence of an injury he had in the season. “, has indicated pierre friteyreresponsible for the youth teams of France.

In Cali, Chloé Lauvergnier for
Photos: © Thomas Windestam/FFA

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