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Athletics: Mayer and Belocian sacred, the beautiful Sunday of the Blues at the Euro


Wilhem Belocian and Kevin Mayer in gold, Valentin Lavillenie in silver, added three medals to the French harvest during the Championship of

After Alice Finot, second in the 3000m on Friday in Torun (Poland), the French team added three medals to their wallet during the third and final day of the European Indoor Championships.

The first charm came, as often in this competition, from the 60m hurdles.

In the absence of injured Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Wilhem Belocian became European champion in the discipline in 7.45.

At 25, the native of Abymes in Guadeloupe won the first major title of his career, reward for a tormented journey.

At the Rio Games in 2016, he was disqualified in the series for a false start.

Third at the Indoor Euro in 2015 and then bronze again at the Outdoor Euro in 2016, he ended up returning to his best level last year, just in time to hope to shine at the Games.

The title for Kevin Mayer!


Ultra favorite, the Frenchman did not fail to win European gold with 6392 points.

Mayer is the perfect start to his season thanks to this coronation # Torun2021

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The other gold medal came from a captain: Kevin Mayer, crowned for the second time in his career in the heptathlon after a first success in 2017 in Belgrade.

The French totaled 6392 points and beat the Spaniard Jorge Urena (6158 pts) and the Pole Pawel Wiesiolek (6133 pts).

The world record holder in the decathlon finished his seven events with the following performances: 60m: 6''86;

Length: 7.47 m;

Weight: 16.32 m;

Height: 2.04 m;

60 m hurdles: 7''78;

Pole pole: 5.20 m and 1000 m: 2'45''72.

Mayer is getting back on the right track

Already officially qualified for the Tokyo Games, Mayer is getting back on track at the best time after failures in his last two Championships at Euro in 2018 and at the Worlds in 2019.

🏟 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗮𝘁𝘀 𝗱'𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗱𝗲 # Torun2021 🇵🇱

🇫🇷 The images of the superb final of 🥇 Wilhem Belocian, 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗗'𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗣𝗘 of the 60m hurdles in 7''42!



- FFA (@FFAthletisme) March 7, 2021

And, then, when a Lavillenie is not there with the Blues, there is often another ... Renaud injured in the calf and absent a month, it is his brother Valentin who took over the pole vault.

The Auvergnat went for the silver medal.

The Frenchman, who climbed to 5.80m, his personal best, could not prevent Armand Duplantis from winning with 6.05m.

The Swedish prodigy then tried in vain to improve his world record with a bar of 6.19 m at the end of the competition.

Valentin Lavillenie, vice European champion!


By passing 5.80m, the French won a magnificent silver medal in # Torun2021, only beaten by the world record holder, Armand Duplantis!

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- France tv sport (@francetvsport) March 7, 2021

Failure on the other hand for Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, relegated far in the 800m final won by two Poles on their land.

Bosse, who got up on the last lap, could not do better than sixth.

In the women's 60m final, Orlann Ombissa-Dzangue took fourth place and Carole Zahi sixth.

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Outside the Blues, the sensation of this last day of the Polish Euro came from the Norwegian phenomenon Jakob Ingebrigtsen.

At 20, he retained his title over 3000m (7'48''20), above all succeeding in the first double 3000m-1500m in the history of the competition.

In the 3000m, Frenchmen Hugo Hay (6th) and Jimmy Gressier (8th) struggled to keep up.

This Ingebrigtsen will surely be one of the athletes to watch next summer in Tokyo.

Source: leparis

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