Victorious in Madrid, Eliott Crestan finally obtains his Olympic qualification in the 800m!

Victorious in Madrid, Eliott Crestan finally obtains his Olympic qualification in the 800m!
Victorious in Madrid, Eliott Crestan finally obtains his Olympic qualification in the 800m!

The Namurois, who had placed himself in the wake of the Spanish hare Guillermo Rojo Gil, held firm at the head of the race until the finish, winning strongly in a magnificent time of 1.44.28.

Well below the qualifying time set at 1.44.70 and only 42 hundredths of Ivo Van Damme’s Belgian record…

Held back at the start of the outdoor season by a sprain, Eliott Crestan did not make it through the series at the European Championships in Rome on June 7.

Eliott Crestan at the start of the 800m in Heusden.

On June 15, his time in Heusden, in conditions far from ideal, left him wanting more.

Eliott Crestan wins in 1.45.40 over 800m in Heusden: “I’m disappointed, I came to achieve the Olympic minimum”

The athlete trained by André Mahy, author of a Belgian 600m record on Wednesday in Liège, already had good cards to qualify for Paris via the world ranking.

With the great chronometric performance achieved this Friday, Eliott Crestan now has all his peace of mind: he joins Tibo De Smet and Pieter Sisk, the other Belgians already qualified for the Olympics over this distance.

Eliott Crestan honored on the Madrid podium. ©DR
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