Yann Schrub bronze medalist in the 10,000m, the French men’s 4 x 100m relay takes silver

Cross-country skier Yann Schrub, student in 8e year of medicine, brought a smile and a surprise bronze medal in the 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships in Munich on Sunday August 21, to a French team in great difficulty two years from the Paris Games.

In 27 min 47 sec 13, the 26-year-old Frenchman was beaten by the Italian Yemaneberhan Crippa (27 min 46 sec 13) and the Norwegian Zerei Kbrom Mezngi (27 min 46 sec 94). Long in the lead, the French Jimmy Gressiern, favorite of the event, finally finished 4e, without enough energy to get back on the podium at the end of the race. The third Frenchman in the 10,000m, Yoann Kowal, ranked fifteenth (28 min 17 sec 39).

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With silver in the men’s 4 x 100m relay (Meba-Mickael Zeze, Pablo Mateo, Ryan Zeze and Jimmy Vicaut), the Blues finished this competition in the 22e place in the ranking by country with nine medals and above all no title, which had not happened for forty years and the European Championships in Athens in 1982.

This meager total, and this in the absence of Russian and Belarusian athletes, is the worst since 2006. Overwhelming statistics two years before the Paris Olympic Games, where the Blues will try to exist against formidable international competition, such as they were able to see it at the Eugene Worlds in July (only one medal, Kevin Mayer’s title in the decathlon).

In the fury of an Olympic stadium full to bursting to salute the victory of the Mannschaft in the women’s 4 x 100 m relay, Munich ended in apotheosis a successful championship, with a family and good-natured atmosphere where health and safety issues were handled with discretion.

Present like all the athletes for ten days at the request of the management, Yann Schrub took full advantage of the show, in triathlon, mountain biking, volleyball – β€œI went out every day” – rather than lock himself in his room.

” No regrets “

In the shadow of his teammate and favorite Jimmy Gressier, who led the twenty-five laps of the track but stumbled at the foot of the podium (4e), Yoann Schrub managed a huge finish to win his first international medal at 26, despite a daunting schedule.

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Student in 8e year of medicine in Metz, the talented athlete from Sarreguemines only trains six times a week, half as many as his competitors. β€œWhen it attacked, I said to myself β€œgo for it”. The goal was to have no regrets. I manage to get this unexpected bronze medal at the finish Β»he appreciated, hat in the shape of a rooster on his head, shoulders wrapped in the tricolor flag.

β€œI hope that in the future, it will go well, with the big deadline in two years [Paris-2024]. I often train in the evening. I adapt according to fatigue. The goal is not to fall into overtraining. But I hope to increase my load because I think that at world level it will go through that.added the one who aims, like all the Blues, for the Paris Games in 2024. But the site, express, promises to be immense to hope to shine on the biggest stage in the world.

The World with AFP

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