She had left Eugene and the United States disappointed, on July 22, convinced that her elimination in the semi-finals of the 800m of the world athletics championships was due to a poor adaptation to her new shoes. In reality, Rénelle Lamote was then diminished, diagnosed positive for Covid-19. Almost a month later, the Frenchwoman reassured herself by winning, on Saturday August 20, the silver medal in the 800m at the European Athletics Championships in Munich (Germany).
As she was about to cross the finish line in second position (in 1 min 59 sec 49), a few moments after the untouchable British Keely Hodgkinson (1re1 min 59 sec 04), Lamote smiled. As if to put all her worries, and these ten days without training to recover from a significant virological load when she returned to France after the disappointment of the United States, behind her.
“I thought I could win today but I lacked confidence. It does not matter, I ensure this silver medal which is very important for me. It’s party ! »reacted the 28-year-old Frenchwoman at the microphone of France Télévisions.
🥈 𝗩𝗜𝗖𝗘-𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗡𝗘 𝗗’𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗣𝗘! 🇬🇧 Rénelle Lamote takes 2nd place in the 800m final in 1’59”49! 🔥 She picks up… https://t.co/NrH8CU45N8
Starting in lane number 6, Lamote could indeed have elbowed and restarted at the end of the race to try to get Hodgkinson. But the French preferred to ensure behind the British favorite, to obtain a third silver medal at the European championships – after those acquired in Amsterdam in 2016, then in Berlin in 2018 -, finishing ahead of the Polish Anna Wielgosz (3ᵉ, in 1 min 59 sec 87), which completes the podium.
The 2023 Worlds in Budapest as the next major event
“I’m so proud of myself because, after the world championships, it was very hard to remobilize”explained Rénelle Lamote after the race. sound author “best start to the season”as she reported before the Eugene Worlds, Lamote had therefore been slowed down by the coronavirus, which did not prevent her from seeking the podium in Munich.
“I lacked a lot of confidence before these championships, because I made a lot of comparisons with Eugenereported the 800m specialist before Saturday’s final. If I want to be in the game in 2024 [pour les Jeux olympiques à Paris]I have to learn to confront myself with the best in the world. »
Still a few lengths from a Hodgkinson now European champion, the Frenchwoman, vice-world champion and vice-Olympic champion at only 20 years old, still has a long way to go and the next world championships, in the summer of 2023 , in Budapest, as the next deadline before thinking of Paris.
The men’s 4x400m relay returns to the podium
The evening was also good for the men’s 4x400m relay, which took the bronze medal a few minutes later, bringing the French clan its seventh medal, but still no gold.
Gilles Biron, Loïc Prévot, Téo Andant and Thomas Jordier finished in 2 min 59 sec 64, being beaten by the British relay, titled in 2 min 59 sec 35, and by the Belgians, who finished in 2 min 59 sec 49.
🥉 𝗠𝗘𝗗𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗘 𝗗𝗘 𝗕𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗭𝗘! 🇬🇧 The men’s 4x400m tricolor (Biron, Prévot, Andant, Jordier) takes 3rd place in the f… https://t.co/nhDbnAU4pf
Placed in second position in the wake of the British by the solid passages of Prévot and Andant, Thomas Jordier (28) did not manage to worry the leaders, being overtaken in the final stretch by Dylan Borlée.
The Blues managed a better time than at the world championships in Eugene, where they took 7th place last month (3 min 01 sec 35). The French men’s relay thus regains the European podium it had missed in the last two editions (2016 and 2018), after finishing third in 2014, already with Thomas Jordier, also an individual finalist in Munich (8e).