European Athletics Championships – Rénelle Lamote in silver in the 800 meters

To see her joy after the race, Rénelle Lamote is a happy athlete. In difficulty during the Eugene Worlds in mid-July, the French took her revenge in Berlin by taking a very nice silver medal in the 800 meters.

In a soaked Olympic stadium in Berlin, after the bad weather at the end of the afternoon, the Habs finished 2nd in the race behind the untouchable Kelly Hodgkinson, Olympic vice-champion and reigning world champion. If she did not improve on her best mark of the season made on Friday during the semi-finals, her 1’59″49 allowed her to add a third silver medal in the European Outdoor Championships.

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A nice revenge after Eugene

After Amsterdam 2016, Berlin 2018, there will be Munich 2022. For Lamote, this is a very important medal in his career after his recent failures and the fear of not regaining his pre-pandemic level. A month ago in Eugene, the native of Coulommiers was not leading wide after having completely missed her semi-final on the event. Beaten, but not defeated, she had made an appointment in Berlin for something better. She matched words to deeds.

Lamote recognized it herself: she still lacked the confidence to seek better. At the forefront throughout the race, the athlete downshifted slightly before the last corner, leaving the British Kelly Hodgkinson and Jemma Reekie to pass. With a lot of juice, Lamote then produced his last effort to catch Reekie, too fair, and resist the returns of the Polish Anna Wielgosz and the Swiss Lore Hoffmann. At the end of this effort, there was this silver medal.

Rénelle Lamote and Keely Hodgkinson during the 800m at the European Championships in Munich

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The bronze 4x400m relay

The Blues were unleashed. Author of an exceptional race, the quartet Gilles Biron – Loïc Privot – Téo Andant – Thomas Jordier – finished 3rd in the final of the 4×400 m relay and took a very fine bronze medal in Munich. Great Britain won (2’59”35) ahead of Belgium (2’59”49).

Caught on the wire by Dylan Borlée, Thomas Jordier could even have brought silver to the France team, but he lacked a bit of juice during the last meters to bring back better metal. A little frustrating, but the time will remain: 2’59″64. The French finished the race under the bar of 3 minutes and they were not far from the French record dating from 2003 (2’58″96).

We are happy, this relay deserved a medal for a long time. We set the date for the Worlds and Paris 2024“, rejoiced Téo Andant at the microphone of France Télévisions”I fish a little during the last straight line. I had a spike in my right leg coming out of the turn. The most important thing was to bring home a medal, but we were aiming for gold“, Jourdier explained to FTV.

Lavillenie misses in the final, Collet 5th

No medal for the French in the pole vault. Renaud Lavillenie (7th) and Thibaut Collet (7th) failed to snatch the podium in the final of the pole vault competition. The two men stumbled on the mark at 5.85m. In search of a fifth medal in Europe in the open air, Lavillenie failed in his quest, he who remained on a very good 5.87m in Eugene.

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