Thomas Jordier, one of the potential medalists on the French side, qualified for the 400m final on Tuesday. Like the day before, during the playoffs, the Ile-de-France player further improved his personal best, winning his semi-final in 45”37.
Ideal start for Thomas Jordier (28) in Munich. The native of Noisy-le-Grand, already impressive on Monday during the series, validated his ticket on Tuesday for the 400m final of these European Championships in Bavaria. The icing on the cake: the Frenchman, who is one of the potential medal chances for the France team, has once again offered himself the luxury of improving his personal record. The day before, Jordier had lowered the mark to 45”39. On Tuesday, he lowered it again by two hundredths. The licensee of Amiens UC, who started in lane 4, during this second series of the 400m semi-finals which saw the Belgian Kevin Borlée stop during the race due to injury, indeed won in 45 ” 37. Aware that he had to run at the level of his personal best to have a chance of qualifying for the final, the French indoor champion over the distance did even better. With the British European champion Matthew Hudson-Smith, huge favorite for the title once again, Jordier will be one of the favorites of this final, which promises to be very open.
Jordier: “The favorite is Hudson-Smith”
Even if for the French, questioned at the microphone of France Television after his qualification, not only will this final be “open and at the same time not”, but it will also be very hard to deprive Hudson-Smith, exempt from the playoffs on Monday as the European number 1 in the specialty, of the medal of gold. “The most important thing was to reach the final, now we will recover, I have more than 24 hours to recover and now we are on the same footing. The Englishman Hudson-Smith, who is the defending champion, will be the favourite. He’s very strong this season so we’re going to try to tickle him a bit and jostle him, but it’s not going to be easy tomorrow (Tuesday), especially since there will be six other competitors. So far, Jordier has twice been on the podium at the European Championships, but both times were in the 4x400m relay. In Torun, last year, for his first individual participation among seniors, the Frenchman was disqualified. This year, the story could turn out to be very beautiful, however.