Once again, the French cyclists shone during the European championship, on Tuesday, August 16, in Munich. Three new medals were reported, bringing the total for the discipline to fifteen.
In athletics, Jules Pommery ended the tricolor shortage. The Frenchman, fourth in the high jump competition, was third after the disqualification of the British Dukes of Fucham. Here he is a bronze medalist.
Track cycling: Sébastien Vigier crowned in keirin, Mathilde Gros frustrated
Headlining another prolific day for French cyclists, Sébastien Vigier was crowned European Keirin Champion. He outclassed his rivals with a comeback in the penultimate six laps. Already titled in individual speed, Vigier achieves a nice double, in addition to his silver medal in team speed. Further down the podium, Melvin Landerneau won the bronze medal.
In the women’s keirin event, Mathilde Gros suffered a great disappointment. The two-time European champion in the discipline was riding in the lead, but she collapsed on the last lap to drop to a frustrating fifth place.
Long jump: Jules Pommery selected and medalist
For Jules Pommery, this evening had the air of a two-beat waltz. Frustration first. Behind the untouchable Tentoglou (8.52m, European championship record), the Frenchman jumped to 8.06m… the same length as his rivals Jacob Fincham-Dukes and Thobias Montler. But his second best jump, lower than his opponents, deprived him of a medal.
An hour later, Pommery wiped away tears. Fucham-Dukes lowered for biting on his first jump, the Frenchman regained third place on the green carpet. At 21, he won bronze at his first senior European championship. A promising medal for the future.
Track cycling: silver medals with different flavors in American races
The result was much crueler for the French women in the American race. In a very close battle, Clara Copponi and Marion Borras led the race until the last sprint… before they broke up in this last acceleration that was worth double at the end. The tricolor duo was beaten by the Italians by a small point, but still took silver.
Donavan Grondin and Thomas Boudat also finished second in the American race, in a much quieter setting. With 91 points, they were surpassed by the German Untouchables (101).
100m: Marcell Jacobs continues with the title, Mouhamadou Fall in the game
Much more than lightning in the pan. Marcell Jacobs won the 100m, with a sprint of 9”95. A confirmation, a year after his Olympic coronation and when he had not been able to reach the final in the world championships. In Munich, the Italian was stronger than everyone, finishing four hundredths ahead of Zharnel Hughes.
Mouhamadou Fall got off to a good start, moving up to a promising fifth place (10”17). The Frenchman was not far from a podium finish, four seconds behind third-placed Jeremiah Azu. Among the women, Gina Lückenkemper surprisingly won gold at home! All in an atmosphere of madness and at the end of the suspense, she faced the Swiss Mujinga Kambundji… for five thousandths!
5,000m: Hugo Hay, the unfortunate fall
Infuriating. Hugo Hay was in the action in the 5,000m, until a crash delayed him and ended his hopes of a podium finish. At the origin of this failure, a coup by the Spanish Mohamed Katir, involuntary at first sight. “Of course he does it on purpose, he pushes me!”lamented Hay into the microphone of France Télévisions.
The slow motion leaves little room for doubt. “It’s intentionalcursed. I’m upset, because he was well placed, but mentally, I let him go after that.” Silver medalist behind Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Katir was not disqualified despite a complaint from the tricolor clan…
Finally, Dean Mélina Robert-Michon finished eighth in the discus throw, more than seven meters behind the European champion, Croatian legend Sandra Perkovic. At 43 years old, the Frenchman, eliminated in the Tokyo classification, is still far from the mark.
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