On the occasion of the Marseille Meeting, Baptiste Mischler and Azeddine Habz achieved the World Athletics minima over 1500m when Benjamin Robert did the same over 800m and can thus aspire to go to the Olympic Games.
The French athletics season has started with a bang. First stage of the Pro Athlé Tour organized by the French Athletics Federation, the Meeting de Marseille saw three middle distance specialists take an undoubtedly decisive step towards the Tokyo Olympic Games. In a 1500m at the end of which many athletes achieved the best performance of their careers and won by the Kenyan Alfred Kipsang (3’32”68), Baptiste Mischler and Azeddine Habz have achieved the minimums imposed by World Athletics for the qualification for the next Olympics. Fifth in the race, the member of Unitas Brumath managed to finish strong and with a time of 3’34”30. For the member of Val d’Europe Athlétisme, the end of the race was more difficult but his 3’34”68 was enough for his happiness. Jimmy Gressier (3’35”91, new personal best) and Alexis Miellet (3’36”03), for their part took second and third place respectively.
🔥 Minima World Athletics for Tokyo!
🇫🇷 Baptiste Mischler, 5th in 3’34”30, and Azzedine Habz, 8th in 3’34”68, shone over 1500m!
🥇 First place for 🇰🇪 Abel Kipsang in 3’32”68, meeting record!
– FFA (@FFAthletisme) June 9, 2021
Robert ensures the minima over 800m
Shortly after this double success in the 1500m, Benjamin Robert did the same in the 800m.. While the Kenyan Collins Kipruto went for the victory (1’44”53), the Frenchman finished the race in second place (1’44”53) and now enters the window allowing him to aim for a place at the Tokyo Olympics. Gabriel Tual, fifth in the race in 1’45”25, missed the boat by five hundredths of a second. A Meeting in Marseille which also saw Jimmy Vicaut return to competition on French territory. Winner in 10”36, the member of Sainte-Marguerite Marseille was not in control but put it on a lack of pace and races. A race that was disrupted by the Mistral, as was the women’s 100m won by Briton Daryll Neita (11”08) ahead of Carolle Zahi (11”47).