The euphoria had not subsided when Meba Mickaël (Mickaël being his middle name) Zeze headed for his boarding gate this Sunday evening to leave Switzerland and return to Paris. Author, a little earlier in the day, of 9”99 over 100 m (+1.6 m / s, ex-record 10”15) and 19”97 over 200 m (+1.2 m /s, ex-record 20”41) at the always perfect meeting (980 m altitude) in La-Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland), the sprinter entered the history of French athletics (4th Tricolore under 10 seconds over 100m, the second under 20” over 200m) even if he is well aware that he will have to confirm.
“Do you realize that you have just broken the two mythical barriers of sprinting?
It’s incredible ! I still do not understand. I know I have worked a lot. In France, I was frustrated in the 100m, and in the 200m, I was focused on the place. But I knew there was much better to go. There I am on the other side. It feels really good. The conditions were perfect. Last year, I had made 10”03 (+2.5m/s) with a cramp after 60 m of running so I wanted to come back to concretize.
“There, I felt that something crazy was going to happen. However, I had woken up at 3 am that night and had taken an hour to get back to sleep. »
Can you tell us about your races?
I was not part of the best entry times so I had to do a good series to be in the best race in the final. In series, I’m 10”09 (wind not indicated) hanging on to an athlete who is very good at 60m. There, I felt that something crazy was going to happen. However, I had woken up at 3 am that night and had taken an hour to get back to sleep.
In the final, there were good vibrations, I was with my little brother (Ryan). I’m making a very big start, I feel that it’s going fast. We cross the line and seeing the time of the first (9”96) I feel that I will be under 10, then the speaker announces that the first three are under 10. The joy was enormous. Going to the other side of the ten seconds, you go down in history and it’s incredible. And in the 200m, I didn’t do too much of a warm-up. I was in the hallway, outside, so I just thought I was going to go really strong.
For you, what is the chrono that speaks to you the most?
I don’t know where to position myself. These performances represent all the years of work, frustration, and finally it is happening. Basically, I was stuck on less than 10. But when I step back, there are fewer people who have done less than 20” (13th European to do so).
“I intend to confirm and I will prepare for that. It really promises beautiful things because it was a little perfectible. »
You were trained in Normandy, at the Val-de-Reuil club by Pierre Grondin, then, since 2016, you have been around a lot, can you give us the thread again?
After the Rio Games (2016)I went with Laurence Bily to Boulouris (Saint-Raphael, Var) for two seasons. But I wanted more, so I went to England with Jonas Dodoo, a coach who had already trained two guys in under 10. I needed to train with guys stronger than me. Then there was the Covid, I returned to France. And now it’s Elliot Draper, a young coach (born in 1997), formed by Dodoo following me. We are based in Antony (Hauts-de-Seine).
The conditions in La-Chaux-de-Fonds are favourable, you can imagine that you will be expected now.
I intend to confirm and I will prepare for that. It really promises beautiful things because it was a little perfectible. »