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Athletics: Kevin Mayer, king of the world who has yet to conquer Europe


The double decathlon world champion, captain of the France team, hopes to seek one of the two titles that still eludes him, that of European champion.

"The kings of the world live at the top"

, sang Romeo and Juliet.

Double world champion, Kevin Mayer has not yet climbed to the roof of Olympus, nor of Europe.

From this Monday in Munich, the Frenchman enters the competition to try to achieve a historic double.

A decisive first day

The first day of competition is never the most advantageous for Kevin Mayer, his "specialties" being in the program of the second day.

But this Monday, his start to the decathlon will be essential.

Because if the story can be beautiful Tuesday at the end of the day, it could especially stop prematurely in the event of injury.

Because the Frenchman entrusted him, his body is suffering and makes him doubt.

“With the euphoria that fell after Eugene, I discovered how much this decathlon had marked me, physically and mentally.

I'm in trouble, but I want to give myself a chance to have fun and make decathlon history here

“said Kevin Mayer a few days ago.

This Monday, the native of Argenteuil will already be able to learn lessons at the end of the morning, after having passed the length and the weight which are events renowned for their difficulty in a decathlon.

(See the program below)

No pressure, but ambition

Kevin Mayer affirms it:

"I am here with many good intentions, but I also know how to have hindsight: it will not change much in my season if I stop now."

A little defeatist on the edges, Kevin Mayer will nevertheless not deprive himself of

"marking the history of the decathlon"

if his body allows it.

The Frenchman has doubts, but we will have to wait for the start of hostilities to really know the form of the only tricolor medalist in Eugene.

"Kéké la braise" is not nicknamed like that for nothing.

He is a competitive man, who knows how to handle the pressure of major events.

If the double world champion manages to get through the first day without any real problems, the brain will be unplugged and Mayer will be launched.

He will then be able to showcase his strengths in pole vault and javelin throwing in particular.

In Munich, Kevin Mayer's main opponent will be himself...

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Kevin Mayer's program:

Monday :

10:05 a.m.: 100 meters

10:50 a.m.: length

12:40 p.m.: shot put

6:30 p.m.: high jump

9:15 p.m.: 400 meters

Tuesday :

9.05 a.m.: 110 meter hurdles

9.50 a.m.: discus throw

11.30 a.m.: pole vault

6.40 p.m.: javelin throw

9.35 p.m.: 1500 meter

Source: lefigaro

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