Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie and European 100m record-holder Jimmy Vicaut are two of many leading French athletes set to compete on 27 August at the Meeting de Paris, the 12th stop of this year's IAAF Diamond League.
Organisers of the Müller Anniversary Games have announced that 33 reigning Olympic and World Championships medallists will join Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis-Hill on the first day of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London on 22-23 July.
Olympic pole vault champion Renaud Lavillenie improved the outdoor world lead to 5.95m on the third and last day of the French Championships in Angers on Sunday (26).
Hopes were high that European 100m record holder and 2016 world leader Jimmy Vicaut get close to his time of 9.86 that he clocked last week but chilly conditions at the 30th edition of the Spitzenleichtathletikmeeting in Lucerne reduced the Frenchman to a modest 10.08 in the Swiss city on Tuesday night (14).
France’s Jimmy Vicaut equalled the European record that he already shares with Francis Obikwelu when winning the 100m in a world-leading 9.86 (1.8m/s) at the Meeting Montreuil on Tuesday (7).
Renaud Lavillenie arrives at Monaco’s Herculis meeting in unfamiliar circumstances. Never before has the five-time Diamond Race winner been beaten at two IAAF Diamond League meetings in a row.
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.
Wayde Van Niekerk made a little bit of history at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris when he became the first African to run faster than 44 seconds for one lap of the track, when he ran 43.96 on Saturday (4).
Little more than a month before the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015, a host of leading French athletes will head to the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco on 17 July with high ambitions.
No fewer than 24 sub-10-second performances have been recorded in the 100m in Rome’s Olympic Stadium. That number is expected to grow at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea on 4 June, the next leg of the IAAF Diamond League.
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 late reinstatement of Germany’s initially disqualified women’s 4x100m team led to joy in the host nation’s camp, and turned a four-point deficit into a three-point lead over defending champions Russia at the end of the first day of the 2014 European Team Championships in Brunswick on Saturday (21).