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Méba-Mickaël Zeze becomes the 4th Frenchman under 10 seconds in the 100m

ATHLETICS – The sprinter Méba-Mickaël Zeze had a historic Sunday, July 3. He became the fourth Frenchman to run in less than 10 seconds over 100m (9.99) then the 2nd in less than 20 seconds over 200m (19.97) in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.

Aged 28, this pillar of the French 4x100m relay had never shone in individual seniors with old records of 10 sec 15 over 100m and 20 sec 41 over 200m set in 2021.

In La Chaux-de-Fonds, a small town in the canton of Neuchâtel close to the French border, Zeze achieved a historic performance taking advantage of a traditionally fast track, an altitude of around 1000 m and perfect conditions (heat, favorable and regular wind).

He first ran the 100m in 9 sec 99 (1.6 m/s wind), becoming the fourth tricolor to pass the symbolic barrier of 10 seconds after Ronald Pognon (9.99), Christophe Lemaitre (9.92) and Jimmy Vicaut (9.86).

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An hour later, he completed the 200m in 19 sec 97 (1.2 m/s), 3rd French time in history after Christophe Lemaitre’s 19 sec 80 and 19 sec 91.

Beaten by the Cuban Mena Reynier, author of a stratospheric time of 19 sec 63, Zeze is the first European of the season to run in less than 20 seconds on the half-lap.

Despite his dream day, Zeze will have to settle for the 4x100m relay at the Eugene Worlds in the United States (July 15-24). He was not individually selectable in the 100m or 200m and the qualifying period ended a week ago.

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