After a few adjustment races, and some disappointments too, Sasha Zhoya (20) found the key in time to qualify for the Eugene Worlds (July 15-24). Saturday, in the series of the French Championships, in Caen, the French hit hard from the start with a time of 13”24 in series (-0.4 m / s). A rather clean race with only one obstacle touched, and the minimums for Oregon in the pocket (13”32). The protege of Ladji Doucouré and Dimitri Demonière accelerated an hour and a half later, making a few more errors, but also with more commitment, lowering his fresh record to 13”17 (wind -0.5 m /s). He could finally exult.
” I’m happy, I can’t be more, did he declare. There, it’s done. I know I had that in my legs, below 13”32 in any case. In training, we worked well. At the start of the season, it wasn’t the best, I had little problems everywhere. This is the first competition where I can really go almost 100%. There, I have a month to prepare for the Worlds and I believe that the times will go down even further. »
Happio attacked and winner with the minima
Zhoya beat Aurel Manga, who with 13″41, achieved his best time of the season. Just Kwaou-Mathey, very easy in the playoffs in 13″42, finished third in 13″51.
A few minutes earlier, Wilfried Happio had also just set a good time in the 400m hurdles. With 48”57, he smashed his record (49”03), achieved the world minima (48”90), and became the 5th French performer in history. He climbed to 10th place in the summer world tallies, all while wearing his headband across his face to hide an injured eye. The French champion had been attacked on the warm-up stage, twenty minutes before his final.
The qualifying period for Eugene ends on Sunday evening and sprinters Jimmy Vicaut and Mouhamadou Fall failed to reach the 10”03 required by the FFA. In the final, raced in zero wind, Fall won in 10″19, ahead of Mickael Zézé (10″20) and Vicaut had to settle for the bronze medal in 10″24.
David and Hodebar take off, Robert as boss
The wind however disrupted the length competition dominated by Yanis David, whose 6.80 m from the first attempt will not be validated (+2.7 m/s). Her best jump in legal conditions remains at 6.71 m (-0.8 m / s), which confirms the return to form of the Guadeloupe. In addition to the wind, the pole vaulter Margot Chevrier had to manage a little form following the Covid that she contracted a week ago. With 4.50 m, the 21-year-old Niçoise is doing very well.
In the 800m, the victory went like last year to Benjamin Robert in 1’48”58, which confirmed his status as boss. Gabriel Tual is second in 1’48″89 and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse resisted the young Yanis Meziane who was melting on him. The 2017 world champion was declared 3rd, decided in the thousandth with 1’49″17. France’s record holder in the 3000m steeplechase Alice Finot easily won in 9’48″00 ahead of local Flavie Renouard (9’53″52).
Also noteworthy, the fine performance of Enzo Hodebar in the triple jump, who with 17.05 m (-0.9 m/s), beat his personal best and achieved the minimums for the European Championships in Munich (15- 21st of August). Jean-Marc Pontvianne is second with 17.04 m (+2.7 m/s) and Melvin Raffin third with 16.94 m (-3.6 m/s).