Olympic minimum on 110 m hurdles for Aurel Manga and Raphaël Mohamed in Montgeron

Olympic minimum on 110 m hurdles for Aurel Manga and Raphaël Mohamed in Montgeron
Olympic minimum on 110 m hurdles for Aurel Manga and Raphaël Mohamed in Montgeron

Clearly, even when Just Kwaou-Mathey (injured), Sasha Zhoya, Wilhem Belocian or Pascal Martinot-Lagarde are not lined up, things happen in the 110m hurdles. Sunday, in a mild and ultimately sunny afternoon, the Montgeron track was the scene of three very interesting races over the distance.

First, in the series, Mohamed (26 years old), former training partner of Kwaou-Mathey in Poitiers, was jubilant after an already convincing victory in 13″32 (wind +1.5 m/s), a time synonymous with European minimums, ahead of the former indoor world champion, the Briton Andrew Pozzi (13″42).

In the second series, Aurel Manga also pushed hard from the start, 2nd in 13″27 (+1.2 m/s) behind the Belgian Michael Obasuyi (13″24), author of a new national record. The latter won the final in 13″20 (+1.7 m/s), ahead of Pozzi (13″23), Manga (13″24) and Mohamed (13″27). Manga, 31, equaled his 2021 record, and Mohamed, who had only run under 13.50 once so far, achieved the Olympic minimums to the nearest hundredth.

60.61 m for Mélina Robert-Michon

On the other hand, disappointment could be seen on the face of Mélina Robert-Michon, 3rd in the discus competition with a throw of 60.61 m. Cuban Denia Caballero won with 64.32 m. Frenchwoman Amanda Ngandu Ntumba settled for 6th place with 58.45 m.

Two days after his French record in Fontainebleau, Teuraiterai Tupaia did not finish his javelin competition, after two throws around 70 meters (71.12 m), due to groin discomfort, reported Athlé TV, the federal platform.

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