European Championships 2022: the abandonment of Kevin Mayer compensated by a raid of French gold medals … What to remember from the 5th day

The 5th day of the European Championships in Munich, Monday August 15, was obviously marked by the abandonment of Kevin Mayer. A hard blow for the French athletics delegation but, fortunately, other disciplines have enabled France to enrich its medal count.


Track cycling (two titles for Landerneau and Grondin) and table tennis, with the pair Emmanuel Lebesson-Jianan Yuan crowned, covered the tricolor delegations present in Munichthree with gold.

Decathlon: the wisdom of the hero

Even Achilles has his weaknesses. In this case, it was not the heel for Kevin Mayer, but the thigh. Affected in the adductors, an injury that had been smoldering since his world title in Eugene a few weeks earlier, the Frenchman did not want to take the risk of continuing his decathlon and aggravating the wound. From the first event, the 100 meters, the French cut his effort even before the finish line. He had already understood. Understood that the pain would be too strong to allow him to envisage a World-Europe double in three weeks. Wisely, the Montpellier player decided to abandon his continental dreams, preferring to preserve those, even greater, of Olympus.

The decathlon world champion in Eugene in July, Kevin Mayer had to cut short his 100m this morning for his entry into the running, hampered by a possible injury.  It's already the end for the Frenchman after the first test...

Track cycling: Landerneau will make noise

It is one of the new headliners of the revival of tricolor track cycling. At 24, Melvin Landerneau won the kilometer event to give France another gold medal on the German velodrome. Thanks to an impressive finish, the Habs finally dominated the Italian Matteo Bianchi to take the gold. All while being the only competitor, in the end, to go under the minute during this kilometer event (59”75).

The 24-year-old Frenchman Melvin Landerneau, already the fastest qualifying time this morning, became European champion in the kilometer on Monday by being the only one to go below the minute mark (in 59”975).  Quentin Lafargue, the other tricolor in the running, finished seventh in the final.

Track cycling: Grondin, the omnium in a hurry

At 21, Donovan Grondin has his whole future ahead of him, but the French cyclist wants everything, right away. Starting with the title in the Omnium where he showed old-timer racing skills to win at the end of the last sprint of the points race. At the end of an incredible final, the Habs settled in the last meters the Italian Consonni and the Spaniard Mora Vedri, and proved if it was still needed, that French track cycling was indeed back in the world. Mountain peak.

Incredible Donavan Grondin who won the gold medal in the omnium at the end of the suspense ahead of the Italian Simone Consonni and the Spaniard Sebastian Mora Verdi.

Table tennis: the perseverance bonus

Fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, bronze medalist at the last European Championships in 2021, the French pair made up of Emmanuel Lebesson and Jianan Yuan this time touched the Grail in mixed doubles. And, in the final, the pair had to fight again after the loss of the first set against the Romanians Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs. The latter therefore led by a set to nothing before Lebesson finally got in tune with his partner to sign three victorious sets in a row (8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9).

After the disappointment of the Tokyo Olympic Games and a 4th place, Emmanuel Lebesson and Jianan Yuan are European champions in mixed doubles in table tennis.  In the final, the French overcame the Romanian pair of Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs in four sets (8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9).

Track cycling: Copponi and Gros came close

Clara Copponi will be able to ruminate on this omnium race for a long time. A race that she dominated for a long time before the last event, that of the points race. At first all in control, the Aixoise seemed launched towards gold when, halfway through the race, a massive fall interrupted the competitors and required an interruption of the race to be able to evacuate two athletes and repair the damaged track. After more than 40 minutes of waiting, the racing cars were released again but the Frenchwoman had undoubtedly lost a lot of momentum during the cut. Thus, she was unable to counter the Italian Rachele Barbieri, who started from afar. Copponi can still hope to get her revenge, on the road this time, during the women’s road race on Sunday.

Leading the omnium before the last event, Clara Copponi finally won the silver medal, beaten by the Italian Rachele Barbieri.
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Same regrets, or almost, for Mathilde Gros. The Frenchman came a few centimeters from dropping, in front of an audience won over to the cause of her opponent, the German Emma Hinze. The latter, double reigning world champion, needed three rounds to triumph, a gut, the great female tricolor hope (23 years old) in the sprint event.

Faced with the German Emma Hinze, world champion in the specialty, the French sprinter Mathilde Gros lost in three sets in the final of the individual speed.  She therefore won the silver medal.  The Dutch Laurine van Riessen won the bronze.
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Climbing: Moro climbs on the 3rd step

It only took 5 seconds and 551 thousandths for Frenchman Guillaume Moro to win the bronze medal in the climbing speed test. The 27-year-old from Isère, beaten by the future winner, the Ukrainian Danyl Boldyrev, in the semi-finals, dominated the Spaniard Erik Noya in the small final. A nice revenge for the one who finished in 4th place at the last Worlds and who can now dream of Paris 2024.

After the disappointment of the semi-final, Guillaume Moro pulled himself together to win the bronze medal in climbing speed against the Spaniard Erik Noya Cardona.  The other Frenchman in the running, Bassa Mawem, failed in the quarter-finals.
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