Tuesday September 11, 2012
Frenchman Lemaitre misses sub-10 despite victory
RIETI (Italy): France’s Christophe Lemaitre, last month hailed as Europe’s best chance to break the Jamaican-US Olympic sprint hegemony, brought his disappointing season to an end on Sunday with a victory in the men’s 100m at the Rieti IAAF World Challenge.
Lemaitre, the French record-holder in the 100m with a best of 9.92, clocked 10.04 to finish ahead of St Kitts and Nevis veteran Kim Collins who clocked 10.09 and Norway’s Ghana-born Jaysuma Saidy Ndure third at 10.14.
His winning time meant that the 22-year-old Frenchman failed to register a sub-10 seconds time this season, which has been in great contrast to that of 2011.
Lemaitre, the defending two-time European double sprint champion, finished fourth in the 100m in the Daegu world championships a year ago and then claimed bronze in the 200m in a French record of 19.80.
He skipped the 100m at the London Olympics, but after clocking 20.03 in the semi-final could only finish sixth in the final of the 200m in 20.19, with the top four finishers going under 19.90.
“For the end of season it’s good, I equalled my best performance,” Lemaitre said. “I would have hoped for better, but you can’t be choosy.
“There’s a bit of disappointment over the whole of the season because I didn’t get a medal in the Games and that was the goal.
“The satisfying things are France and Europe. But as a whole, there’s more disappointment than happiness. I’ve stagnated rather than gone backwards but there are questions that will be need to be asked to see what has to change.” — AFP