It took a lot to win this first French medal at the European Athletics Championships in Munich, Germany. For his first leaps into the big leagues, long jumper Jules Pommery inherited the bronze on Tuesday August 16, after a suspenseful evening and a claim.
The 2019 European junior champion jumped to 8.06m, the second leap of his young career over 8 meters, after the one with which he took his personal best to 8.17m at the end of May. But the 21-year-old Frenchman jumped exactly as far as Sweden’s Thobias Montler and Britain’s Jacob Fincham-Dukes. Far ahead, the reigning Olympic champion, the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou, collected gold with 8.52 m, a record for the European championships.
Three athletes for the two remaining medals is one too many. To decide between the ties, the second best jump is taken into account: in this game, it was Fincham-Dukes, with 7.97 m, who won the silver medal, and Montler, with 7, 95m, bronze. With 7.85m, the Frenchman found himself fourth, at the foot of the podium.
Bite jump and double claim
It was counting without a double claim, posed by both France and Sweden, who both considered that the best leap of Fincham-Dukes, at 8.06 m, was bitten. Thirty minutes later, both sides got satisfaction. So much so that Montler was on the second step of the podium and the young Frenchman on the third. A final British appeal rejected later in the evening, and the podium was confirmed.
“I got so used to [l’idée de] the fourth place that I do not jump for joy. I think I’ll live it tomorrow [mercredi] on the podium, confessed Jules Pommery. I didn’t have my lap with the flag, but I’d rather have the medal than do a lap and not have it afterwards. »
For the French team, whose results have been at half mast for several years and weakened on entering Bavaria by the abandonment of recent decathlon world champion Kevin Mayer in the first event on Monday morning, this first medal is a significant improvement.
Especially since the young jumper is one of the faces of the 2024 generation, the year of the Paris Olympic Games, of French athletics. “It will launch me for the coming season. It’s going, I hope, to launch the French team, I hope there will be many more and more beautiful ones.wants to believe Jules Pommery.
Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen continues to add to his record
It will not be in the 5,000m: Hugo Hay finished nineteenth due to a fall, and Félix Bour twenty-fourth and last. Furious, Hugo Hay sharply explained to the Spanish silver medalist, Mohamed Katir, after the race, accusing him of having caused his fall four laps from the finish, an incident which prevented him from defending his chances in the final packaging.
” I am very angry. I followed the instructions, I didn’t make any mistakes. Katir must be disqualified. It’s right at the wrong time. I am well placed and the other comes and pushes me. There was no room to passlamented the Frenchman in the mixed zone. He pushes me, I shift and I trip on Mike’s feet [Foppen]. And there I fall and it’s over. » The France team filed a complaint, in vain.
It was Jakob Ingebrigtsen who won the title of European champion in this 5,000m (in 13m 21s 13), his second in a row, a month after becoming world champion in Eugene (Oregon, United States). ).
The Norwegian continues to fill his prize list: at only 21 years old, he is now triple European champion (1,500 m and 5,000 m in 2018), Olympic champion in the 1,500 m in 2021 in Tokyo and world champion in the 5,000 Mr. He is also aligned with the 1,500m in Munich, of which he will be the big favorite, Thursday, in the final.
Italian Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs crowned in the 100m
Disappointment for the Frenchman Mouhamadou Fall, champion of France since 2019, who took fifth place in the 100m (in 10 s 17), won, a year after his Olympic title, by the Italian Marcell Jacobs (in 9 s 95) , ahead of two Britons: defending champion Zharnel Hughes (9s 99) and Jeremiah Azu (10s 13).
The German Gina Lückenkemper was crowned European champion in the 100m in front of her home crowd, ahead of the Swiss Mujinga Kambundji and the Briton Daryll Neita. Bad start, Lückenkemper, 25, had an excellent second part of the race and threw himself on the finish line to finish ahead of Kambundji (10 s 99) and Neita (11 s 00). The quadruple European champion Dina Asher-Smith, declared candidate for the title, cut her effort before the line (16 s 03).