Athletics – Meeting d’Atlanta: Wilson erases the European 100m record for Vicaut and Obikwelu


Posted on July 18, 2021 at 10:50 p.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

At the Atlanta meeting, Swiss sprinter Alex Wilson improved by two hundredths of a second the European 100m record held by Francis Obikwelu and Jimmy Vicaut. The Bâlois also panicked the chronometer over 200m.

No European has gone so fast over 100m since 2016. Held by Francis Obikwelu since the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 then equaled twice by Jimmy Vicaut in 2015 in Saint-Denis then in 2016 in Montreuil, the European distance record fell this Sunday on the track of Atlanta, Georgia. Qualified to participate in the 100m of the next Olympic Games, Swiss sprinter Alex Wilson replaced the names of the French and Portuguese in the annals. With a favorable wind close to the limits imposed by World Athletics (1.9m / s) and with warm conditions favorable to the sprint (30 ° C), the native of Kingston took two hundredths of a second off the European record. With a race concluded in 9”84, he also sends a message as the 100m of the Olympic Games is scheduled for July 31 and August 1 in Tokyo.

Wilson within two tenths of Mennea over 200m

Riding these conditions which are particularly favorable for sprinting, Alex Wilson also entered the 200m on the Atlanta track. Once again, the clock stopped at an absolutely impressive mark. The sprinter of Jamaican origin has, in fact, completed the half-lap in 19”89, or less than two tenths of the European distance record held since September 1979 by the Italian Pietro Mennea (19 ”72). On this occasion, he improved by nine hundredths of a second the best mark of his career over the distance and at the same time established a new Swiss record in the 200m, of which he was already the holder. While he must align on the two distances during the next Olympic Games, Alex Wilson should soon return to Europe following a training course in the United States. This will then be an opportunity for him to meet the Swiss athletics team to rally Japan, a team that may well have a card to play in the sprint events in Tokyo.

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