Junior World Championships: Blueberries are full of promise

The 19th edition of the U20 Worlds got off to a good start for Les Bleuets on Monday in Cali, Colombia’s third city. Most of them started the competition well, with long jumper Erwan Konaté, pole vaulters Elise Russis and Léa Mauberret, and discus thrower Marie-Josée Bovele-Linaka qualifying for the final. Not to mention the good performance of the decathletes.

The Declaration

“I have a nice ‘chill’ way to jump, and it’s done, even when I’m behind the board”

Returning to his entry in the long qualifying run, Erwan Konate used an Anglicism usually more suited to drinks on the terrace on a balmy summer’s evening than to the athletics track. But with all the relaxation he passed the first pitfall of the competition. Highly anticipated in Cali, after his world title won in Nairobi last year, the long jumper from Amiens UC perfectly managed his debut in the competition, as he only needed one jump to qualify, straight in the final. Without drawing on his reserves, he fell back to the sand at 7.80 m (+0.8), exactly the mark required to go to the final, taking third place in the qualification dominated by the Cuban. Alejandro A. Parada with 7.95 m (personal best). During the great explanation, this afternoon at 4:16 local time (11:16 in France), Robert Emmiyan’s student heard ” put more energy into [son] Diving“, and this” to please “first of all.

The Performance

Well launched decathletes

Pierre Blaecke had a beautiful first day, with two personal records beaten, or rather exploded. Over 100 m, where he was timed in 11″26 despite a headwind (-0.9), or 16 hundredths better than his old benchmark. And in height, where he for the first time surpassed the barrier of 7 meters by falling to 7.12 m (+0.5), while his record until then was 6.88 m. The EA Grenoble 38 athlete is also close to his best performance in height (1.87m) and over 400m (50”44), while achieving the best throw of his time in the weight class (13.49m). It wasn’t bad for the first day “, he breathed, moderately, upon reaching 400 m.
Second French to take part in this decathlon, Sacha Rifflart also improved two of his records, in the 100m in 11″12 (+0.3) and in the 400m in 49″94. A final race at the end where he remained lying for long minutes in the mixed zone, exhausted. Close to his best height level (6.85m with +0.8), although he wants ” look for a show at 7.30 m “, and especially in weight (14.81 m, 6 cm from his record), however he experienced a difficult competition in height, which only managed to remove 1.84 m, when he passed he will be 2.01 m in 2021.
Arrived in Cali with the fifth and fourth best performances among the entrants, Sacha Rifflart and Pierre Blaecke will try to climb the rankings on the second day, which they will approach respectively in the 9th and 13th positions with 3868 and 3824 points. After five events, the Dutchman Gabriel-Emmanuel leading the debates with 4276 units.

The promises

Mauberret and Russis in the final

Perfect contract for the pole vaulters during the qualification, despite the slight scare Elise Ruso, vice-world champion U20 last year in Nairobi. Arrived in Colombia with the third performance of the competitors (4.30 m), he was forced to do it three times to cross his first bar, at 3.95 m, before clearing 4.05 m in the second attempt. Long enough to advance to the final, which will take place on Wednesday, where “ reset the counters and where he goes for gold. ” I had to let go and run at full speed “, assured the member of Stade Sottevillais 76, confidently. Lea Mauberret also managed to reach the final, after completely managing his qualifying competition for his first international selection, with three bars that crossed the first attempt: 3.80 m, then 3.95 m and 4.05 m. ” The competition went really well and I had a lot of fun, with no pressure. In the end, the goal is the same: to have fun, and to be on top, so as not to regret anything. “, he explained.
Another promise: the sprinter Jeff Erius qualified for the 100m semi-finals, crossing the finish line in 10”56. An hour below his usual times – his record is 10”24 – but achieved with a bad wind of -2.9 m / s. ” If he is in favor, I think I can beat my record breathe the one who won the silver medal in Europe Juniors last year, when he was still a cadet. See you for the semi-finals at 3:40 pm local time (10:40 pm in France), and, if there is good news, at 5:55 pm (00:55 am) for in the end.


Satisfaction for Bovele-Linaka

In the area of ​​the disc, nothing was obtained Marie-Josee Bovele-Linaka and Princess Hyman, credited with the partnership’s 16th and 21st performances, respectively. But the first was able to get out of the game, sending his machine to 48.82 m, tenth qualifying jet, which will allow him to compete in the final on Wednesday. On the other hand, the competition stopped there for Princess Hyman, the youngest of the French team: with 46.03 m, he will miss two meters to join the top 12. Very disappointed at the end of his competition, he may have a chance to catch up in two years. As a youngster, he won silver at the European U18 in Jerusalem last July.

Wire rope

In the 29th time of entries, Oscar Dugue also not necessarily one of the favorites to advance to the next round of the 110m hurdles. Fourth in his series, while only the top three are directly qualified for the semi-finals, he initially thought he missed out, did not hide his disappointment at the end of his race, finished in 13′ ’95 (-0.3) , 21 hundred in his record. This was before he knew his qualification in time: ” A good surprise, because my goal is to at least go to the semi-finals “, he finally let out, finding his smile.
In the middle distance, Gabriel Timba finished 12th in 4’03”35 in the second series of 1500m, in a race dominated by the favorite of the event, the Kenyan. Reynolds Kipkorir Cheruiyot (3’40”96). ” I’m not at the level I hoped for, but I’m in no condition to do something right now “, he said, confident that there is a low level of ferritin in the blood ” since June “. 20th in the 5000m final in 15’04″13, and also disappointed, Joad Martinhopromised that he would appear better face “in the future.” In the middle distance, it is not easy at the world level, and they are more or less in their place, in terms of hierarchy “, estimated though Pierre Friteyreresponsible for the French junior teams.

In Cali, Chloé Lauvergnier for athle.fr
Photos: © Thomas Windestam / FFA

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