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Lemaitre Streaks to 9.92s!
July 31, 2011Posted by on
Christophe Lemaitre, for the nth time, lowered his French 100m record to 9.92s. Lemaitre
edged out walloped fellow youngster Jimmy Vicaut, the newly-minted European Junior Champion, for the French national title.
The rangy Lemaitre started sluggishly (as usual), as Yannick Lesourd powered on to an early lead. In his trademark second-half burst, Lemaitre turned on the afterburners en route to his seventh trip under the ten-second barrier. It was a high quality field as Vicaut (10.07s) and Martial Mbandjock (10.17s) strutted world-class times, speaking volumes about the depth of French athletics.
The 21-year old shaved off two-hundredths of a second from his erstwhile PB, a new European U23 record (his fourth for this year), the ninth fastest time in 2011 and the third fastest time by European since Francis Obikwelu (9.86s) and Linford Christie (9.87s).
With Lemaitre’s penchant for last-ditch heroics, it is apt to compare the Frenchman to nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis – in the sprints, at least. Lewis clocked 9.92s and 9.99s en route to winning the Seoul and Los Angeles Olympic Games. But then again, those were vastly different circumstances than today’s.
Nevertheless, expect Lemaitre to at least barge into the 100m and 200m finals come Daegu.