The following clip exemplifies the solid performance of the French athletics team at the recently concluded European Indoor Athletics Championships in Bercy. The preliminaries of the men’s 400m dash were underway. The pole vaulting duo of Renaud Lavillenie and Jerome Clavier took the time to cheer for their countryman.

People often get the impression that professional athletes lack the passion of the amateur. It was a small, albeit meaningful gesture.

With a formidable team composed of the likes of Lavillenie, world indoor champion Teddy Tamgho and the experienced Leslie Djhone, the French competed with distinction in front of their home crowd. Overall, France finished second only (5-4-2) to the powerhouse Russian squad (6-3-6), with a mere gold medal separating the two countries.

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