The 14th Meeting of Marseille was held this Thursday September 3rd at the Stade Delort. And in this time of health crisis, a whole protocol has been put together to welcome the athletes and the public in the best health and safety conditions.
A quality line-up of athletes took to the Marseille track and the athletes put on the show. Feedback, results and highlights of the evening.
In the absence of Jimmy VICAUT, triple winner of the Meeting, it is the South African Akani SIMBINE who dominated the straight line in 10''19, followed closely by the Ivorian Arthur-Gue CISSE, 2nd in 10''21. American Mickael RODGERS finished 3rd in 10''27. In the women 100m, the Ivorian Marie-josée TA LOU beat the French Carolle ZAHI (respective times of 11''40 and 11''52). In the 200m, the local, Alexandre FERRANDO won his first victory in the Meeting Pro Athlé with a time of 21''36. Finally, on the lap, a great victory for the U23 Sokhna LACOSTE, who, after an explosive final straight took the lead on Amandine BROSSIER and crossed the finish line in 52''86, her new personal best. Ludvy VAILLANT meanwhile flew over the men's 400m and established the best French performance of the season in 46''18.
MIDDLE DISTANCE RACES
The middle distance events were spectacular and the favorite held their rank. 3 Meeting records were broken this Thursday evening on these events. The Scottish, double European Champion in 2019, Laura MUIR, blasted the women's 800m and left her competitors in the last straight to win in 2'00''16 (Meeting record). In the men's race, the favorite of the race, the Kenyan, Ferguson Cheruiyot ROTICH took the victory in 1'44''34 (Meeting record), just ahead of the British Elliot GILES, 1'44''68.
The 1500m offered some great competitions, and among the women, it is also a British who made the difference in the last straight, Jemma REEKIE, victorious in 4'02''20 (Meeting record). A fast race which allowed the French to achieve beautiful performances with Aude KOROTCHANSKY, 4'10''32 (PB), Alice FINOT 4'11''12 (PB) and Bérénice FULCHIRON 4'11''40 (PB). In the men's 1500m, the French also took advantage of the density of the race to beat their personal records with in particular Azzedine HABZ, 2nd in the race and 1st French in 3'35''87 (PB), as well as Jimmy GRESSIER and Baptiste MISCHLER, respectively 4th and 5th in 3'36''22 (PB) and 3'36''39 (PB). The race was won by the 3000m steeplechase specialist, the Moroccan, Soufiane EL BAKKALI (3'34''51).
The crown also attended thrilling races on the high hurdles. In the 100m hurdles, the Frenchwoman, Cyrena SAMBA-MAYELA, in full progress this season, won in 13''00 ahead of the Belarusian Elvira HERMAN, credited with 13''13. In the junior 110m hurdles, the young French, Sasha ZHOYA, in search of the world record in the category, made his first steps in the event in 13''28. Finally, the senior 110m hurdles offered us a beautiful duel between the French Wilhem BELOCIAN and the world's best performer of the year, the Spanish Orlando ORTEGA who finally won in 13''15 (Meeting record).
The men's discus competition was won by the Belgian, Philip MILANOV, with a best throw of 63m51. The French Lolassonn DJOUHAN, finished 2nd in this competition with an excellent performance of 63m04. The world record holder in the decathlon, Kevin MAYER, finished 6th with his best throw of the season, 49m65. In the women's competition, best performance of the season also for Mélina ROBERT-MICHON with her 60m02.
Beautiful flights for the long jumpers with the victory of the Belarusian Nastassia MIRONCHYK-IVANOVA (6m66). 3rd place for the reigning Olympic champion in the triple jump, Caterine IBARGUEN (6m56). The French, Yanis Esmeralda DAVID (6m48) and Eloyse LESUEUR-AYMONIN (6m38) finished 4th and 5th respectively in the competition.
The entire organizing commitee thanks all the volunteers and officials of the Meeting. Thank you also to the athletes, the coaches, the medical team (rescuers, doctors and physiotherapists) and the public who set the mood in the stadium!
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See you next year !