Tual, Robert and Lamote in half
Eighteen French competed this Thursday for the fourth morning of these European Championships. Sixth in the last World Championship and candidate for the title, Gabriel Tual withdrew from the 800m series. In a race led by the Swedish Kramer, the Frenchman came back down the opposite straight to take 3rd qualifying place (1’46”08) in the fastest series of the day (4 on time), won by the newly crowned El 1500m world champion Jake Wightman. ” It was difficultgot loose. I need to continue because I haven’t run for a long time, the sensations have to come back. »
Rampant in the 1000m in Monaco last week, Benjamin Robert also reached the semi-finals (Friday from 8:27 p.m.), finishing second in heat 2 in 1’47”66. “ It doesn’t take much, but in the morning it’s not easy, remembered the one with the best time of the season (1’43”75, personal best). The job is done, I’m going to the semifinals where I’ll have to be much better than that. I’m not used to leading. He really didn’t have any tactics. There, I found myself in front. The goal is to be well placed in the 500m. »
For his part, the young Yanis Meziane (20 years old), for his first selection among the greats, failed to get out of the playoffs. Shaken in the peloton, he finished fifth in his career with 1’47”82.
Double European vice-champion (2016 and 2018), Rénelle Lamote also passed without incident. Reduced by a Covid infection during the World Cup, the Frenchwoman seemed to have legs (she was 1st in her series in 2’02”22). ” The series remains, I don’t turn on, She threw. I’m the pro in the series, but the goal is to be good in the semis. (Friday from 10:50). I’m already concentrating on what’s next. The sensations were average. I wasn’t in my rhythm too much. These races are never pretty. I will have the answers tomorrow (Friday)in a race, we cannot know. »
For the first time in a major championship over 800m (after a first race over 400m), Agnès Raharolahy was unable to join the fight to get through this round (7th in her heat in 2’7”02) .
Three Frenchmen in the final of the 400 m hurdles
With Wilfried Happio, Ludvy Vaillant and Victor Coroller, there will be three Frenchmen in the 400m hurdles final, a first in 56 years. Happio, 4th in the Eugene Worlds, confirmed with a time of 48.89 that he will be the main rival of the Norwegian Karsten Warholm, world record holder, whose final is scheduled for Friday at 10:00 p.m.
The pole vault did almost as well, with two qualifying for the final: Renaud Lavillenie and Thibaut Collet, who cleared 5.65m. Valentin Lavillenie, poorly adjusted, could not pass his first measure at 5.50 m.
Joseph and Grebo in the 200m half, Cambours in the hard
In the first round of the 200m, the two French registered fulfilled their contract by qualifying for the semifinals. Gémima Joseph thus took third place in her series in 23”21 (+0.3 m / s) and will continue working this Thursday night. Same observation for Shana Grebo, who won her heat in 23”00 (+0.5 m/s), two hundredths of her personal best.
The second day of the heptathlon started very poorly for Léonie Cambours, who actually bit all three of her attempts by length. Little performance by Nafissatou Thiam (6.08 m), although the Belgian retains the lead in the general classification before the next test, the javelin. One of the weak points of Cambours, as the Norman recognized on Wednesday when taking stock halfway. His best throw was measured at 36.35m, which made him jump to 16th place and last overall with 4,155 points.
Belgian Noor Vidts achieved 41.82m, a new personal best. Dutch vice world champion Anouk Vetter gave up (Achilles tendon pain) before throwing the javelin in the second group earlier in the afternoon. Thiam saw her best throw measured at 48.89m, and the world champion is approaching the last test, the 800m this Thursday at 9:55 p.m., at the top of the general classification with 5,776 points. She is far ahead of Switzerland’s Annik Kälin (5,604) and Poland’s Adrianna Sulek (5,560).
Minard and the steeples away from the bill
On the other hand, the morning was disappointing for athletes like the javelin thrower Alizée Minard, who evolved far from her level with a best throw of 52.50m (22nd), as did the 3,000m hurdles specialist Flavie Renouard, 17th time in the series in 9’51″49, and Alexa Lemitre, 21st in 9’58″49.
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