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Blake Eludes Fast-finishing Lemaitre in Montreuil
June 9, 2011Posted by on
Christophe Lemaitre scalped a handful of formidable foes during the Meeting International d’Athlétisme in Montreuil a few days back. The 2010 European double sprint champion almost pipped Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (9.95s) at the line, losing by one-hundredth of a second to Usain Bolt’s training partner. Blake is a 2008 Olympic 4x100m relay gold medalist and has a wind-aided personal best of 9.80s.
Lemaitre had a good start en route to lowering his own French national record to 9.95s. Trinidad and Tobago’s Daniel Bailey was third at 10.00s. Lemaitre’s European rival, Dwain Chambers, trailed in fourth place (10.09s).
Is it just me, or has Christophe Lemaitre improved on his sprinting form? Lemaitre’s noticeable side-to-side wobbling seemed to have lessened. Try to compare Lemaitre’s sprinting form in Montreuil with his 10.26s run in Kawasaki last September. See for yourself!
Never mind the fact that Lemaitre is the first sub-10 sprinter of non-West African descent. The Frenchman is a relatively raw sprinting talent that has tremendous potential. A 9.96s time in the century dash for a 20-year old is a fine performance indeed.
Despite being light-years away from the eye-popping 100m dash times of the Jamaicans and Americans, it will be interesting to see a competitive European amongst the top 8 of the blue riband effect come the Daegu World Championships.