Junior World Championships: Konaté is still on top of the world

Thanks to a jump to 8.08m, Erwan Konaté climbed to the top of the podium at long last, a year after the title he already won at the Nairobi Worlds, becoming the first Frenchman to achieve such a double in juniors. He signed the best performance of the year in his category, and won the first medal of the French team in Cali.

The medal

A historic double for Konaté

He threw his arms in the air, greeted the public – who had gathered in the stands near the jumper – and roared. After falling back to the sand at 8.08m (+0.4) on his fifth attempt, Erwan Konate recently returned to the lead in the competition at the height, while he was surpassed, until then, by the Cuban Alejandro Parada and 7.91m. No one has passed him. When the competition was over, he hugged his coach, Robert Emmiyan, then the tricolor. In the French clan, everyone congratulates each other.
The start of the final is ” complex “, according to the words of the main interested parties, with four competitors between 7.81 and 7.91 m, including him at 7.83 m, a jump made in his second attempt and then similar to second place. After his second, third and fourth attempts, we saw him shaking on the track.” I immediately told myself that I had to go 8 meters, and I slapped my buttsaid the jumper from Amiens UC. On the 5th attempt, I jumped with enthusiasm.»
With this new title, Erwan Konate became the first Frenchman to achieve a double at the Junior Worlds, a year after winning gold in Nairobi, and signed to pass the best performance of the year among the under-20s and the second of his career after his 8.12 m in Kenya.
Cool, when the medal ceremony and the anti-doping control were over, he confessed his feelings ” released after this victory. ” The year was complicated. After my title last year, I found myself with a lot of weight on my shoulders, overnight, at the age of 18. It became complicated to jump just for fun. Coming to this World Cup, my goal is to jump for me, to have fun “, he detailed.
For his part, his trainer – the current holder of the European record for height – said to himself ” very happy “At the end of the competition, and made sure that Erwan has” still reserve his fifth attempt, on a technical level “. What a dream of beautiful tomorrows.

The Declaration

“I finished sixth: it is good for a first international competition, because it is difficult to do everything perfectly, and I fought until the end”

After the traditional lap of honor performed by decathletes, at the end of their ten events, Pierre Blaecke there is a smile. For his first international selection, he finished in sixth place with 7,520 points, 102 points off the podium, and 64 points off his record. The EA Grenoble 38 athlete made a good return in the general classification during the last event, the 1500m, gaining three places thanks to a time of 4’26”71. He admitted that he had a lot of fun during these two days, during which he broke three personal bests – in the 100 m (11”26), in the long (7.12 m) and in the javelin (55.30 m) – and achieved -ot performances close to his best level – in height (1.87 m), over 400 m (50”44) and 110 m hurdles (14”81). ” It’s great to be in a competition like that “, he concluded.
When it comes to Sacha Rifflart, he finished ninth with 7,457 points, about thirty points from eighth, a place that would have allowed him to be a finalist in this decathlon. While the AC Cannes member arrived in Colombia with a record of 7,571 points, he also broke his records in the 100m (11”12) and 400m (49”94), while by achieving good performances in the shot put (14.81 m), over 110 m hurdles (14”11), and in the javelin (50.38 m). The only downside: the long test, where he crossed only 1.84 m, while he has a record of 2.01 m, established last year. But he also wants to remain above all positive: ” For the first World Cup, it was not successful, but it was not missed either, because of my performances and what they gave. It’s just a postponement! »

The promises

Final direction for Ammirati and Petiphar

Completed contract for two tricolor pole vaulters, Anthony Ammirati and Sloan Petipharwho managed to win their ticket to the final, finishing in first and eleventh place respectively in the qualification, replicating what Léa Mauberret and Elise Russis achieved the previous day.
The first named needed only one jump to secure his place, easily clearing 5.20m, allowing him to ” draw a line under the previous year »: during the last U20 World Cup, the pole vaulter of the Entente du Pays de Fayence Athletisme reached the top of the world balance sheet, but did not cross the bar during the qualifications. This year, he wants to get his ” revenge in the final “, where he aims for the title. More than legitimate ambitions, because he has the best score of the entries: 5.70 m this season, against 5.53 m for the second, the Finn Juho Alasaarialso tied for first in qualifying.
At his side, Sloan Petiphar had to do it twice to cross 5.05 m, before failing at 5.20 m, while the air of salsa sounded in the stadium. But it was enough to reach the final, where he will race. in full swing “, with” large poles », Unlike his qualifying competition, where he prefers to remain cautious. Two days ago, the member of the Athletic Trois Tours actually opened his left hand, broke his pole in training, and therefore competed with two stitches on Tuesday. During the final, which will take place on Thursday at 3:05 pm local time (10:05 pm French time), he will aim for the podium, he who currently holds the fourth perf ‘of the entries.

Good start for Lefevre at the top

Arrived in Colombia with the twelfth performance among the entrants (2.15 m), the high jumper Martin Lefebvre completely entered his competition, clearing 2.08 m in the first attempt, after ” little fear of 2 m “, a bar he passed on the second attempt. ” I lacked speed in the corner, but I got it back quickly afterwards “, said the athlete, smiling, tied for second in the qualification. Qualifying for the final, which will take place on Friday at 3:21 pm local time (10:21 pm French time), the jumper from Villeneuve-d’Ascq Fretin Athletisme will aim to ” 2.20 m and the title “. He will see there especially South Africa Brian Raatsfirst in the qualifications, and holds a personal best of 2.26 m.

and

The competition ended there for Erius and Dugué

Holding the fourth fastest time for the entries in his 100m semi-final, Jeff Erius Unfortunately did not reach the final, crossing the finish line in sixth position, at 10”34 (+0.7). The sprinter from Strasbourg Agglomeration Athlé especially regrets not having achieved a better time, when he ran 10″56 in the series, despite the strong adverse wind (-2.9 m). The final was won by Batswana Letsile Tebogo : at 9”91 (+0.8), he beat his own U20 world record, even at the end of the race where he turned to the right, pointing his finger at his opponents…
Qualified on time for the 110m hurdles semi-finals, Oscar Dugue not so lucky during this race: he crossed the finish line in 14”02 (+0.5), ie seven hundredths slower than the series. It is wrong, for sure, to have a big mistake at the eighth or ninth hurdle “: ” I type this, which slows me down. What to feed the blame, because he assured that he felt good throughout the race. To qualify for the final, you must run at least 13”59, while Normand’s personal best is 13”74.

Disappointment for hammer thrower Wilfrid Huet

Eliminated by hammer qualification, Wiltrid Huet confessed his disappointment after the competition: “I couldn’t express myself. I was disappointed, because I wanted to enter the final. During his first attempt, he thus hit the ground with his machine, then bit his second attempt. Before his third throw, he raised his arms in the air to acknowledge the encouragement of the other French launchers, who were in the stands, and the other competitors. But it is not enough. Result: 64.22 m, about seven meters below his personal best.
Finally, the sprinter Orane Doumbe Unfortunately, he was unable to defend his chances in the 100m series, injuring his knee during training. ” This is a return from an injury he had during the season “, introduced Pierre Friteyreresponsible for the French junior teams.

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

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