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Junior World Championships: Blueberries 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 got off to a good start in the competition, 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 fine performances of the decathletes.

The Declare

“I had a pretty ‘chill’ jumping approach, and it did, even though I was behind the board”

Coming back to his entry into the running in the qualifications of the length, Erwan Konate used an Anglicism usually more suited to drinks on the terrace on a mild summer evening than to athletics tracks. But it is in all relaxation that 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 managed his debut in the competition perfectly, since it only took him one jump to qualify. straight to the final. Without drawing on his reserves, he fell back into the sand at 7.80 m (+0.8), exactly the mark requested to go to the final, taking third place in qualifying dominated by the Cuban Alejandro A. Parada with 7.95 m (personal best). During the big explanation, this afternoon at 4:16 p.m. local time (11:16 p.m. in France), Robert Emmiyan’s student hears ” put more energy into [son] jump“, and this ” to please ” first of all.

The Performance

Well-launched decathletes

Pierre Blaecke had a magnificent 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 at the length, where he for the first time exceeded 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 was also very close to his best performance in height (1.87m) and over 400m (50”44), while achieving the best throw of his season in weight ( 13.49m). ” It’s not bad for the first day “, he breathed, modestly, at the arrival of the 400 m.
Second Frenchman engaged 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 last race at the end of which he remained lying for long minutes in the mixed zone, exhausted. Close to his best level at length (6.85m with +0.8), even if he wanted to ” look for a performance in the 7.30 m “, and especially in weight (14.81 m, 6 cm from his record), he however experienced a difficult height contest, only managing to erase 1.84 m, when he had already passed 2.01 m in 2021.
Arrived in Cali with the fifth and fourth best performances of the entrants, Sacha Rifflart and Pierre Blaecke will try to move up the rankings on the second day, which they will approach respectively in 9th and 13th positions with 3868 and 3824 points. After five events, the Dutchman Gabriel-Emmanuel leads the debates with 4276 units.

The promises

Mauberret and Russis in the final

Contract perfectly for pole vaulters during qualifying, despite a little scare for Elise Russis, vice-world champion U20 last year in Nairobi. Arrived in Colombia with the third performance of the competitors (4.30 m), she was forced to do it three times to cross her first bar, at 3.95 m, before erasing 4.05 m in the second. test. Sufficient height to advance to the final, which will take place on Wednesday, where “ the counters will be reset and where she will go for the gold. ” I’m gonna have to let go and run full blast “, assured the member of Stade Sottevillais 76, confident. Lea Mauberret also managed to reach the final, after having perfectly managed her qualifying competition for her first international selection, with three bars crossed on the first try: 3.80 m, then 3.95 m and 4.05 m. ” The competition went really well and I had a lot of fun, without pressure. In the final, the objective will be the same: to have fun, and to be at the top, so as not to regret anything “, she indicated.
Another promise: the sprinter Jeff Erius qualified for the 100m semi-finals, crossing the finish line in 10”56. A time below his usual times – his record is 10”24 – but achieved with an unfavorable wind of -2.9 m/s. ” If he had been favorable, I think I could have beaten my record breathed the one who had won the silver medal at the Europe Juniors last year, when he was still a cadet. See you for the semi-finals at 3:40 p.m. local time (10:40 p.m. in France), and, in case of good news, at 5:55 p.m. (00:55 a.m.) for the final.

And also

Satisfaction for Bovele-Linaka

On the disc area, nothing was gained for Marie-Josee Bovele-Linaka and Princess Hyman, credited with the 16th and 21st engagement performances, respectively. But the first managed to get out of the game, sending her machine to 48.82 m, tenth qualifying jet, which will allow her to compete in the final on Wednesday. On the other hand, the competition stops there for Princess Hyman, the youngest of the French team: with 46.03 m, she will have missed two meters to join the top 12. Very disappointed at the end of her competition, she may have the opportunity to catch up in two years. Still a youngster, she won silver at the Europe U18 in Jerusalem in July.

Dugue on the wire

With the 29th time of the entries, Oscar Dugue was also not necessarily one of the favorites to advance to the next round in the 110m hurdles. Fourth in his series, while only the first three were directly qualified for the semi-finals, he initially thought he had missed out, not hiding his disappointment at the end of his race, completed in 13 ‘ ’95 (-0.3), 21 hundredths off his record. This was before he learned of his time qualification: ” It’s a good surprise, because my goal was to at least go to the semi-finals “, he let go finally, finding his smile.
In the middle distance, Gabriel Timba finished in 12th place in 4’03”35 of the second series of the 1500m, in a race archi-dominated by the favorite of the event, the Kenyan Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot (3’40”96). ” I didn’t have the level I hoped for, but I didn’t have the condition to do something today “, he said, confident to have a low level of ferritin in the blood ” since June “. Twentieth in the 5000m final in 15’04”13, and also disappointed, Joad Martinhopromised that he would show a better face ” in the future. ” In the middle distance, it’s never easy at world level, and they were more or less in their place, in terms of hierarchy “, estimated however Pierre Friteyreresponsible for the French junior teams.

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

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