What to remember from Thursday morning at the European Championship
Tual, Robert and Lamote became two
Eighteen Frenchmen are competing for the fourth morning of this European Championship on Thursday. Sixth in the last World and a candidate for the title, Gabriel Tual pulled out of the 800m series. In the race led by Swede Kramer, the Frenchman instantly reversed course to finally win the 3rd qualifying place (1’46”08) in the fastest series of the day (4 fishing on time), won by the newly crowned World Champion 1500m Jake Wightman. ” That’s difficulthe let go. I need to continue because I’ve been running for a long time, the sensation has to come back. »
Uncontrollable in the 1000m in Monaco last week, Benjamin Robert also reached the semi-finals (Friday from 20:27), taking second place in heat 2 at 1’47”66. “ It doesn’t take much but in the morning it’s not easy, remind people who had the best time of the season (1’43”75, personal best). The job is done, I’m off to the semi-finals where it will be necessary to get a lot better than that. I’m not used to leading. I don’t really have any tactics. There, I found myself ahead. The goal is to be well placed at 500m. »
On the other hand, young Yanis Meziane (20 years), for his first selection among the big boys, did not make it out of the playoffs. Thrown in the peloton, he finished fifth in his race at 1’47”82.
European doubles champion (2016 and 2018), Rénelle Lamote also qualified without incident. Reduced by Covid infections during Worlds, French woman looks at her feet (first in her series at 2’02”22). ” It stays a draw, I don’t light up, he throws. I’m a draw pro but the goal is to be good in the semifinals (Friday from 10:50 am). I’m already focused on what will happen next. The sensation is average. I’m not in too much of a hurry. Racing is never fun. The answer I will have it tomorrow (Friday)at the race, we can’t know. »
For the first time in a major Championship over 800m (after a career first over 400m), Agns Raharolahy failed to join the fight to get past this round (7th in the series in 2’7”02).
Three Frenchmen in the final 400m . hurdle
With Wilfried Happio, Ludvy Vaillant and Victor Coroller, there will be three Frenchmen in the final of the 400m hurdles, their first for 56 years. Happio, 4th at Eugene Worlds, confirmed with a time of 48.89 that he will be the main opponent of Norwegian world record holder Karsten Warholm. The final is scheduled for Friday at 10:00 pm.
The pole vault was nearly successful, with two qualifying for the final: Renaud Lavillenie and Thibaut Collet, who both cleared 5.65 m. Valentin Lavillenie, poorly adjusted, couldn’t get past his first crossbar at 5.50m.
Joseph and Grebo in the 200m, Cambours on hard court
In the first round of the 200m run, the two French women entered fulfilling their contracts by qualifying for the semifinals. Gémima Joseph thus takes third place in the series at 23”21 (+0.3 m/s) and will still be at work this Thursday night. Same observation for Shana Grebo, who won her series at 23”00 (+0.5 m/s), her personal best two hundredths.
The second day of the heptathlon started really badly for Léonie Cambours, who did bite his three attempts. A small performance for Nafissatou Thiam (6.08 m), the Belgian still leads in the general classification before the next match, the javelin. One of the Cambours’ weak points, as Norman admitted on Wednesday, was taking stock midway. His best shot was measured at 36.35m, which saw him dip to 16th and last overall with 4,155 points.
Belgian Noor Vidts managed 41.82 m, new personal best. Dutch world vice-champion Anouk Vetter succumbed (pain in Achilles tendon) before throwing a javelin in the second group early in the afternoon. Thiam sees his best throw measured at 48.89m, and the world champion is approaching the final event, this Thursday’s 800m at 21:55, at the top of the general classification with 5,776 points. She is well ahead of Switzerland’s Annik Kälin (5,604) and Poland’s Adrianna Sulek (5,560).
Minard and the tower are far from account
On the other hand, the morning was disappointing for athletes like javelin thrower Alizee Minard, who progressed far from her level with a 52.50m (22nd) best, as did 3,000m racing specialist Flavie Renouard, 17th time in the series. in 9’51″49, and Alexa Lemitre, 21st in 9’58″49.