Led by the world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, France will be represente in Beijing by 45 athletes striving for a medal at the World Championships.
“Le roi” of pole vault will try to catch the only medal missing in his palmares, the World Champion title. Two years ago he had to leave the title to the German Holzdeppe, who just few weeks ago has marked his new PB of 5,94m and for sure will not make the challenge easy. We’ll see if the French will succeed in reaching a new goal in his already successfull career.
French hurdles school continues to produce top level athletes. In China will run for the the 110hs final Dimitri Bascou, Garfield Darien and Pascal Martinto-Lagarde, missing Wilhel Belocian. For the women race instead the honour is all on Cindy Billaud‘s legs.
Sprint represented by Jimmy Vicaut (100m) and Chistophe Lemaitre (100m e 200m) who will face the carribean and american power. Both will take part in the 4x100m relay too, historically a really good opponent for the americans.
In 800m Pierre-Ambroise Bosse could really try to get a place in the first 8 in the world. Final is not so far.
On the triple jump pit the European Champion Benjamin Compaore will try to be a protagonist in an event jumped so far this year.
But French team is missing some to athletes who could have run for a medal, like Teddy Tamgho, Eloyse Lesueur, world record holder Yohan Diniz and Mahiedine Mekhissi.
100m: Christophe Lemaitre, Jimmy Vicaut
200m: Jeffrey John, Christophe Lemaitre
400m: Mame-Ibra Anne
800m: Pierre-Ambroise Bosse
Marathon: Abdellatif Meftah
3000m st: Yoann Kowal
110hs: Dimitri Bascou, Garfield Darien, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde
Pole Vault: Renaud Lavillenie, Kevin Menaldo
Long Jump: Kafetien Gomis
Triple Jump: Benjamin Compaore
Decathlon: Bastien Auzeil, Kevin Mayer
20km Racewalk: Kevin Campion
4x100m: Guy-Elphege Anouman, Emmanuel Biron, Jeffrey John, Christophe Lemaitre, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Jimmy Vicaut, Pierre Vincent
4x400m: Mame-Ibra Anne, Teddy Atine-Venel, Mamoudou-Elimane Hanne, Thomas Jordier, Ludvy Vaillant
400m: Marie Gayot, Floria Guei
800m: Renelle Lamote
100hs: Cindy Billaud
400hs: Aurelie Chaboudez
Pole Vault: Marion Lotout
Triple Jump: Jeanie Assani Issouf
Discus Throw: Melina Robert-Michon
Hammer Throw: Alexandra Tavernier
20km Racewalk: Emilie Menuet
4x100m: Stella Akakpo, Celine Distel-Bonnet, Sandra Gomis, Lenora Guion Firmin, Maroussia Pare
4x400m: Marie Gayot, Floria Guei, Brigitte Ntiamoah, Estelle Perrossier, Agnes Raharolahy, Deborah Sananes
In the picture: Renaud Lavillenie (Chiara Montesano/trackarena.com)