After the postponement of the Tokyo Games, Liberation began to follow hammer thrower Quentin Bigot again in his pre-Olympic preparation.
We are getting back to work slowly but surely near Metz where Quentin Bigot, after the forced end of confinement, has never let go of his favorite device: the hammer. The pitcher, vice-world champion in Doha in 2019, made this very special period fruitful to adopt technical changes that could not have taken place in an Olympic season.
“In the first part of the confinement I tried to organize myself, I installed a small weight room in the garage, then to start I went to a field of my grandparents: I cleared over 80 meters, when I think about it… we really did the crazy! tells as if it was a century ago the thrower of Metz Métropole Athlétisme. Then the Olympics fell through and shortly after the European Championships which were to be held in Paris. So my coach told me: “It’s time to take it easy.” “ It is also that of taking time to regenerate: “The world championships in Doha took place very late in the 2019 season. I started again very quickly afterwards and I was doing anything technically. There I can say without problem that this long stop [un mois et demi, ndlr] really helped me. ” Even if “I lost weight of course, a little tonus. But in June, when we resumed training, the form returned very quickly ”.
Quentin Bigot in training at the Ring, an athletics hall in Metz which has a shot put area unique in France. Photo Mathieu Cugnot for Release
Previous articles in the let’s JO series# 1 Quentin Bigot, his hammer, his past, his coach, his medal; # 2 The loneliness of the hammer thrower; # 3 By train to work; # 4 “We don’t know when we can get back to the stadium, normalcy”; # 5 The well-confined hammer.
In addition, during confinement, the student of Pierre-Jean Vazel received excellent news: at the end of 2020 he will have his first child. “So it was a good time to make room for the baby in our house. I took advantage of the time in confinement to do things that I didn’t have time to do elsewhere ”, comments, posed, Quentin Bigot before starting the training session of the afternoon.
Only three competitions
Bigot has only played three competitions this season: “First in mid-August in Leverkusen at the end of a week’s internship with my Belarusian friend [aujourd’hui de nationalité russe, ndlr] Sergey Litvinov. Leverkusen is two and a half hours from here. At the end of the course we are tired, but we launched for fun and for the club that invited us. I did almost 74 meters, I was still happy. Then the Coupe de France in Lyon at the beginning of September where I throw at 74.8 meters: small improvement. Then, before the French championships, in training I feel really good, I did 78 meters several times. In Albi I win but with 76 and some. We went there the day before the competition with the club van, ten hours of travel. Arrived at 9:30 p.m., the next day I have to launch at noon: I blocked my back after the first try, so I can’t complain about my performance, especially since I realize a very regular series of jets around 75-76 meters. In the middle they say that when you do that, you can go 2-3 meters further. “ Quentin Bigot starts his winter preparation with the 2021 Olympics in his sights: “We have said everything and its opposite about the Tokyo Games. Personally I think they will be held, perhaps in a formula never seen before, perhaps without an audience. There will be a different approach to the competition. But hey, I work for it. ”
The Metz pitcher cites three adjectives to qualify the season which has just ended: special, regenerating and capital. It is pointed out that two out of three are downright positive: “I get a lot of good things out of it indeed. A regenerating season because my body needed to recover; this is the first time in my career that I have taken such a long break. The first months of 2020 had not been great… I had wanted to put the cart before the horse. If the Olympics had taken place, I don’t know if I would have had good results. I rebuilt myself physically but also psychologically. I spent a lot of time dissecting videos with Enguerrand [son nouveau camarade de club Enguerrand Decroix Têtu, ndlr] who is like me a true hammer enthusiast. “
Quentin watches his launches. Photo Mathieu Cugnot for Release
A crucial season too: “I initiated technical changes. These were faults that blocked me to do 80 meters. In a normal year you don’t have time to do this operation which takes months. I’ve been launching in the same way for fifteen years, you don’t change that in two weeks. So we used this season to work on it. We only started harvesting the fruits in September, it’s long, it’s difficult. That’s why I say it’s capital, it was a technical challenge. I am much more relaxed in my upper body and in training I throw a lot more light hammers. Before it was the opposite. Overall you have to accept not to throw far all the time in training. The further you want to throw, the less well you throw. There is a time for everything and I had neglected this side a bit, reassuring myself by always wanting to throw far. It’s very hard not to focus on the distance but on the sensations. I’m going to be 28, I’m at an age where you have to put in place the possible changes, after that it will be too late. The golden age of hammer throwers is around 30 years old. ”
The first feedback related to the changes was good: “Without having done anything extraordinary in training, I do three more than honest competitions.” With the Games in sight, a brand new Quentin Bigot is ready.
Luca Endrizzi Special Envoy to Metz