It cost him a lot to win this first French medal at the European Athletics Championships in Munich (Germany). For his first jumps to the big leagues, the long jumper Jules Pommery inherited the bronze on Tuesday, August 16, after an evening of suspense and a claim.
It first took the 2019 European Junior Champion to jump 8.06m, only the second jump of his young career above 8m, after the one with which he took his personal best to 8.17m at the end of May. But the 21-year-old Frenchman jumped exactly as far as Sweden’s Thobias Montler and Britain’s Jacob Fincham-Dukes. Far ahead, the current Olympic champion, the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou, won gold with 8.52 m, a record for the European Championships.
Three athletes for the remaining two medals is too much. To decide between the ties, the second best jump is taken into account: in this game, it was Fincham-Dukes, with 7.97m, who won the silver medal and Montler, with 7.95m, the bronze. With 7.85 m, the Frenchman was fourth, at the foot of the podium.
Jump bite and double claim
That without counting on a double claim, raised by both France and Sweden, who considered Fincham-Dukes’ best jump bitten, with 8.06 m. Thirty minutes later, both parties were satisfied. So much so that Montler was on the second step of the podium and the young Frenchman on the third. A final British appeal was rejected later that night and the podium was confirmed.
“I got so used to [l’idée de] the fourth place that did not jump for joy. I think I’ll live it tomorrow. [mercredi] on the podium, confessed Jules Pommery. I didn’t have my lap with the flag, but I’d rather have the medal than do one lap and not have it afterwards. »
For the French team, whose results have been at half-mast for several years and weakened on their entry to Bavaria due to the abandonment of the recent decathlon world champion Kevin Mayer in the first test on Monday morning, this first medal offered represents an important gets better.
Especially since the young jumper is one of the faces of the 2024 generation, the year of the Paris Olympics, of French athletics. “It’s going to get me going for next season, that’s fine, I hope to get the French team going, I hope there are many more and more beautiful ones.”wants to believe Jules Pommery.
The Norwegian Ingebrigtsen continues to adorn his record
He will not be in the 5,000m: Hugo Hay finished 19me after a fall, and Félix Bour 24me and last. Furious, Hugo Hay spoke harshly to Spanish silver medalist Mohamed Katir after the race, accusing him of causing him to fall four laps from the finish, an incident that prevented him from defending his options in the final pack.
“I am very furious. I followed the instructions, I did not make any mistake. Katir must be disqualified. It is good at the wrong time. I am well placed and the other one comes and pushes me. There was no space to passlamented the Frenchman in the mixed zone. He pushes me, I shift and trip over Mike’s feet. [Foppen]. And there I fall and it’s over. » The French team filed a complaint, to no avail.
It was Jakob Ingebrigtsen who won the title of European champion in this 5,000m -in 13 minutes 21 seconds 13 hundredths-, his second in a row after 2018, a month after proclaiming himself world champion in Eugene (Oregon, USA – USA).
The Norwegian continues to fill his record: at only 21 years old he is already three-time European champion (1,500 and 5,000 m in 2018), Olympic champion in the 1,500 m in 2021 in Tokyo, and world champion in the 5,000 m. He is also lined up for the 1,500m in Munich, of which he will be the big favorite, on Thursday, in the final.
Italian Olympic champion Jacobs crowned in 100 meters
Disappointment for the French Mouhamadou Fall, triple champion of France, who took 5me place in the 100m in 10 seconds 17, won, a year after his Olympic title, by Italian Marcell Jacobs in 9 seconds 95, ahead of two Britons: defending champion Zharnel Hughes (9.99) and Jeremiah Azu ( 10,13).
The German Gina Lückenkemper was crowned European champion in the 100 meters in front of her home crowd, ahead of the Swiss Mujinga Kambundji and the British Daryll Neita. Bad start, 25-year-old Lückenkemper had an excellent second part of the race and raced to the finish to finish ahead of Kambundji (10.99) and Neita (11.00). Quadruple European champion Dina Asher-Smith, declared a candidate for the title, cut her effort before the line (16.03).
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