Championnats européens 2022 : l’abandon de Kevin Mayer compensé par une razzia de médailles d’or françaises… Ce qu’il faut retenir de la 5e journée

Championnats européens 2022 : l'abandon de Kevin Mayer compensé par une razzia de médailles d'or françaises... Ce qu'il faut retenir de la 5e journée

Matchday 5 of the European Championship in Munich, on Monday, August 15, was obviously marked by the abandonment of Kevin Mayer. A hard blow for the French athletics delegation but, fortunately, other disciplines have allowed France to enrich its medal table.

Track cycling (two titles for Landerneau and Grondin) and table tennis, with the Emmanuel Lebesson-Jianan Yuan couple crowned, covered the three tricolor delegations present in Munich with gold.

Decathlon: the wisdom of the hero

Even Achilles has his weaknesses. In this case, it wasn’t the heel for Kevin Mayer, but the thigh. Affected in the adductors, an injury that had been beating him since his world title in Eugene a few weeks before, the Frenchman did not want to run the risk of continuing with his decathlon and aggravating the injury. From the first test, the 100 meters, the French reduced his effort even before the finish line. He had already understood. He understood that the pain would be too strong to allow him to envision a World Cup-Europe double in three weeks. Wisely, the player from Montpellier decided to abandon his continental dreams, preferring to preserve the even bigger ones of Olympus.

Eugene July world decathlon champion Kevin Mayer had to cut his 100 meters short this morning for his entry into the race, hampered by a possible injury.  It's already the end for the French after the first test...

Track cycling: Landerneau will make noise

He is one of the new headliners of the tricolor track cycling renaissance. At 24, Melvin Landerneau won the kilometer test to give France another gold medal at the German velodrome. Thanks to an impressive finish, the Habs finally overpowered Italy’s Matteo Bianchi to take the gold. All this being the only competitor, in the end, to go under one minute during this kilometer (59”75).

The 24-year-old Frenchman Melvin Landerneau, who was already the fastest time in qualifying this morning, was proclaimed European champion in the kilometer this Monday by being the only one to go below the minute mark (in 59'975).  Quentin Lafargue, the other tricolor in the race, finished seventh in the final.

Track cycling: Grondin, the omnium in a hurry

At 21, Donovan Grondin has his whole future ahead of him, but the French cyclist wants it all, right now. Starting with the title at Omnium, where he displayed veteran racing skills to win at the end of the final sprint of the points race. At the end of an incredible final, the Habs settled the Italian Consonni and the Spanish Mora Vedri in the last meters, and showed if it was still necessary, that French track cycling was indeed back on top of the mountain.

Incredible Donavan Grondin who won the gold medal in the omnium at the end of the cliffhanger ahead of Italian Simone Consonni and Spaniard Sebastian Mora Verdi.

Table tennis: the perseverance bonus

Fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, bronze medalist at the last European Championship in 2021, the French couple formed by Emmanuel Lebesson and Jianan Yuan this time touched the Grail in mixed doubles. And, in the final, the duo had to fight again after losing the first set against the Romanians Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs. The latter therefore led by a set to love before Lebesson finally caught up with his partner to sign three winning sets in a row (8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9).

After the disappointment of the Tokyo Olympics and a 4th place, Emmanuel Lebesson and Jianan Yuan are European champions in mixed doubles in table tennis.  In the final, the French defeated the Romanian pair of Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs in four sets (8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9).

Track cycling: Copponi and Gros were close

Clara Copponi will be able to reflect for a long time on this omnium race. A race that she dominated for a long time before the last test, the points race. At first everything under control, the Aixoise seemed headed for gold when, halfway through the race, a heavy fall interrupted the competitors and forced the race to be interrupted in order to evacuate two athletes and repair the damaged track. After more than 40 minutes of waiting, the race cars were released again but the Frenchwoman had clearly lost a lot of momentum during the cut. Thus, she was unable to counter the Italian Rachele Barbieri, who started from afar. Copponi can still hope to exact revenge, this time on the road, during the women’s road race on Sunday.

Leading the omnium before the last event, Clara Copponi eventually won the silver medal, beaten by Italy's Rachele Barbieri.

The same regrets, or almost, for Mathilde Gros. The Frenchwoman was a few centimeters from falling, before an audience won over to the cause of her opponent, the German Emma Hinze. The latter, current two-time world champion, needed three laps to triumph, one gut, the great female tricolor hope (23 years old) in the sprint test.

Against the German Emma Hinze, world champion in the specialty, the French sprinter Mathilde Gros lost in three sets in the individual speed final.  She therefore won the silver medal.  It is the Dutch Laurine van Riessen who wins the bronze.

Climbing: Moro climbs the 3rd step

It took just 5 seconds and 551 thousandths for Frenchman Guillaume Moro to win the bronze medal in the climbing speed test. The 27-year-old isère, defeated in the semifinals by the future winner, the Ukrainian Danyl Boldyrev, dominated the Spanish Erik Noya in the small final. A nice revenge for the one who finished in 4th place in the last World Cup and who can now dream of Paris 2024.

After the disappointment of the semi-final, Guillaume Moro pulled himself together to win the bronze medal in climbing speed against Spaniard Erik Noya Cardona.  The other Frenchman in the race, Bassa Mawem, failed in the quarterfinals.

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