The men’s 4x100m relay qualified for the final scheduled for Sunday by obtaining on Friday morning, in cool and rainy weather, the second place in its semifinal in 38”17, also the second fastest time of the morning. Méba-Mickaël Zeze, Pablo Mateo, Ryan Zeze and Jimmy Vicaut had a serious race, and of course they will try to erase Eugene’s memory in the final (disqualification in the final due to poor witness transmission).
“We set a good time, I enjoyed Ryan Zeze, especially given our efforts Thursday night at 200 for Mickaël and myself. The team responded present, and it bodes well for the final. The collective lives well. »
Disappointed with his elimination in the 200m semi-finals on Thursday night, Méba-Mickäel Zeze does not want to finish these European Championships without redeeming himself: “We have revenge to take after our individual performances, and we have the opportunity to show what we are capable of. Getting up at 6am hurt a bit, but we’ll be fresher in the end. »
Jimmy Vicaut even feared the wait between this series and Sunday’s final: “We have two days, I don’t know why, we are doing 4x100m, not 4x400m guys (laughs)! We have to move on after the individual tests, we want to try to recover something in the final, it would be good for morale. »
Note the elimination of Italy, Olympic champion in the specialty, who did not get past 5th place in their semifinal at 39”02 and yet thought to pass the time. But Turkey was allowed to appeal alone after appealing, considering that their runners had been hampered during their semi-final (No. 2, in which France was involved). You had to pass less than 39”02 to pass and the Turks did it, in 38”98!
Small scare for the women’s 4x100m
Great satisfaction also for the women’s 4x100m, who won their semifinal in 43”24 with a relay made up of Floriane Gnafoua, Gemima Joseph, Hélène Parisot and Mallory Leconte, despite a little scare in the first installment, quite late. “It’s a job well done, except at the end where I had some trouble finding Gemima, recognized Gnafoua, but the baton passed well, even at the end of the zone. We are happy! »
Lined up for the 200m semi-final on Thursday night, Gemima Joseph might have found the night rather short. “But I recovered well after the 200m, I had good legs and then there is a great atmosphere between us, we are in good shape for the rest. » For Hélène Parisot, “The collective objective has been achieved, the final, we have trained well to get there and I am very happy to be here. » Same satisfaction for Mallory Leconte: “We ran flat out, we have confidence in our partners and we had no restrictions on our transmissions. »
Second in 3’2”09 in their semifinal, the men’s 4x400m relay made up of Gilles Biron, Loïc Prévot, Simon Boypa and Téo Andant qualified for the final, scheduled for Saturday at 9:15 p.m. “It’s a good race, well controlled, which gives us a lot of hope for the final. We aim for the highest step of the podium.” announces Teo Andant. “There will be new blood for the final, indicates Simon Boypa, who will make way for Thomas Jordier, saved this Friday morning. It’s part of the game, in France the pool is huge. »
Big disappointment for the women’s 4x400m
Great disappointment on the other hand for the women’s 4x400m, which reached the semifinals after a sad fifth place with 3’29”64. Sokhna Lacoste, Marjorie Veyssière, Diana Iscaye and Amandine Brossier never found the right rhythm, like the last transfer, which was very problematic. The memory of the beautiful fifth place in Eugene Worlds seems distant.
“We don’t necessarily feel safe even after our World Cup result, says Amandine Brossier. We were cautious, but more for not being on the podium than not even in the final… We lacked vigilance, because we expected much better. Diana Iscaye also spoke of a more medal goal than just qualifying for the final: “We hadn’t imagined this scenario at all…” Physically marked, Sokhna Lacoste recognized “A difficult season finale” on a personal level, but sought to identify a collective reason for this failure.
Lamote is relieved
In the 800m, Rénelle Lamote won her semifinal in 2’0”23 ahead of the two Britons Jemma Reekie (2’0”30) and Alexandra Bell (2’0”53) after a well-controlled race where the Double runner-up in Europe in the specialty, he has always been well placed.
“I’m relieved, the sensations were still there, Lamote explained. I lacked a lot of confidence before this Championship because I made a lot of comparisons with Eugene. I told myself that I had won my series like in Eugene and therefore I was going to jump in the middle. For now everything is fine and tomorrow (Saturday) it will be war! »
At height, classification for the final of Solène Gicquel with 1.87 m, bar surpassed on the second attempt. The Briton (27) finished 12th and penultimate classified in the competition.
“I am very happy, I thought we would have to measure 1.91m and pass everything on the first try, but no. At the same time, conditions were not good, Gicquel analyzed. I had a hard time getting into it, but once it was good I felt like I had the legs. He wanted to show what he was capable of. Reaching the final of my first major championship shows me that I’m up to date, that I don’t have to hide. In the final, I will try to get as many places as possible. »
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