Paris 2024 Olympics: “I was within touching distance of the chance to express myself at the Olympic Games”, Kevin Mayer reacts to his injury

Paris 2024 Olympics: “I was within touching distance of the chance to express myself at the Olympic Games”, Kevin Mayer reacts to his injury
Paris 2024 Olympics: “I was within touching distance of the chance to express myself at the Olympic Games”, Kevin Mayer reacts to his injury

Kevin Mayer, a double Olympic silver medallist who injured his thigh less than a month before the Olympic decathlon, promises to “use every minute” that separates him “to increase (his) chances of participating” in the Paris Games, he wrote on social media on Tuesday, July 9.

Mayer, who fell in the middle of the 110m hurdles at the Paris meeting on Sunday, on the track at the Charléty stadium, is suffering from a “significant injury to the left hamstring” which compromises his participation in the 2024 Olympic Games, his entourage indicated on Monday.

“It’s very hard to find the words today. Everything seems unreal since this fall. I was within touching distance of the chance to express myself in the Stade de France at the Olympic Games. The road seems much longer today.”estimates the double Olympic vice-champion (2016 and 2021) and double world decathlon champion (2017 and 2022).

Decathlon scheduled to start on August 2

“Count on me to use every minute that separates us from the decathlon to increase my chances of participating”he continues.

At 32, Mayer only qualified for his fourth Olympic Games by a hair’s breadth in June at the European Championships in Rome, with dreams of Olympic gold on the purple track at the Stade de France. The Olympic decathlon is scheduled for August 2 and 3, the first two days of the athletics events at the Stade de France.

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