World decathlon champion Kevin Mayer, world indoor 60m hurdles silver medallist Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Olympic 200m bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre are all set to compete at the Meeting de Paris when the IAAF Diamond League reaches the French capital on 30 June.
This year, there is a change of scene for the Meeting de Paris, the French leg of the IAAF Diamond League on 1 July, but it is continuing with the same bluish tint of the meeting’s homeland.
All six of France’s medallists from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were out in force at the Stade Delort in Marseille on Tuesday (13) for the annual DecaNation competition as the hosts won the overall team title for the first time in eight years.
After withdrawing from last weekend’s Jamaican Championships with a hamstring injury, Usain Bolt has confirmed that he will be fit to compete in the 200m at the Müller Anniversary Games on Friday 22 July. Meanwhile, organisers of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London have added three more top sprinters to the field.
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde moved up to third on the 2016 60m hurdles world list after his 7.47 win on the second day of the French Indoor Championships at the Stadium Jean Pellez in Clermont Ferrand on Sunday (28).
Sprinters Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe Lemaitre clashed twice at the French Championships, which concluded on Sunday (12), with both sprinters coming away from Villeneuve d'Ascq with one victory each and booking their places on the team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Last year, the Jamaican quartet of Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown and Yohan Blake flew to a world record of 1:18.63, breaking a 20-year-old mark held by a famed Santa Monica Track Club team, to provide one of the highlights of the inaugural edition of the IAAF World Relays.
France has named teams in all six sprint-based events for the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015, along with a women’s distance medley relay team.
A number of gold medal winners from the European Championships in Zurich will line up for the European team at the IAAF Continental Cup to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 13-14 September.
A host of the world’s best sprinters will take part in the Meeting Herculis on 18 July as the Louis II Stadium hosts the 10th fixture of the 2014 IAAF Diamond League.
Usain Bolt today confirmed that he won’t be competing on 5 July at the 2014 edition of the Meeting Areva, the French stage of the IAAF Diamond League, due to inflammation of his foot.