Sasha Zhoya strikes the spirits. On his 20th birthday, the young promise of French athletics signed, with a fast time, the minima for the World Championships in Eugene (United States, July 15-24) by winning the 110m hurdles at the French Championships, Saturday in Caen.
On the Normandy track, Zhoya won in the absence of Wilhem Belocian, hit in the hamstrings and already forfeited for Eugene, and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who suffers from angina. He beat Aurel Manga (13″41) and Just Kwaou-Mathey (13″51).
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With 13.17 (wind: -0.5 m/s), Zhoya, who is living his first summer as a senior, became the sixth best world “performer” of the year, the best at European level, as well as the sixth The fastest Frenchman in the history of the discipline. This despite a crack in a meniscus, suffered two weeks ago before his race in Geneva, which will earn him an infiltration next week, he revealed in mixed zone.
Already in the heats, the young hurdler had impressed with a race completed in 13″24. Until then, Zhoya had never run faster than 13″40. In one day, he thus cut more than two tenths from his personal best. Last year, the Franco-Australian was crowned world and European junior champion, on lower hurdles (99 cm against 1.06 m). He also took the junior world record in the 110m hurdles.
100 m: Fall still sacred
In the 100m, Mouhamadou Fall was crowned French champion. With a time of 10″19, with zero wind, the 30-year-old sprinter won his third title in the French Championships.
800m: Robert still the strongest
Toulouse’s Benjamin Robert (1:48.58), in great shape, dominated Gabriel Tual (1:48.89) and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (1:49.17) in the 800m final.
Winner of the Paris Diamond League last week, Robert once again made his finish speak to distance his two competitors who should accompany him in three weeks to the World Championships in Eugene (July 15-24), after having all the three participated in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 (Tual 7th, Bosse semi-finalist, Robert eliminated in the playoffs).
“Last year’s experiences serve me today. I feel stronger, I worked hard, every day. I was able to pull myself together after my elimination in the playoffs of the Olympic Games last year”, commented Robert (24) following his third consecutive title. “I will try to go to the final at the Worlds and after everything will be possible, there will be no favourites.“
“This density is a pride“, he added, while the three will look like outsiders to the American appointment on the uncertain double lap of the track. “They (Robert and Tual) woke up my bestiality. Today we have a real French armada“, appreciated the experienced Pierre-Ambroise Bosse (30 years old), 2017 world champion back in the foreground.
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