Thanks to the triple jump, the French team won a second medal in Munich.
Triple jumper Jean-Marc Pontvienne won his first international medal by finishing third at the European Championships in Munich on Wednesday, giving France a second podium after Jules Pomerie bronze the previous day over the long distance. With a single jump of 16.94 m, Pedro Piccardo of Portugal (17.50 m) and Andrea Dallaval (17.04 m) overtook Pontvian (28 m).
Originally from Nimes, the 28-year-old Pontavian finished eighth at the World Championships last month in Eugene (US). He had already reached the world final in 2017 in London. French coach Sebastien Bouchet has been training, but recently also former world champion Teddy Tamgo, who coached him from the stands on Wednesday. After Serge Hellen in 1994 (second), Tamgo in 2010 (third), Benjamin Compaore and Yoann Rabiner (first and third in 2014), Pontvienne is the fifth triathlete to win a medal in the triple jump in the continental competition.
Also present in the final, Enzo Hodebar took seventh place (16.62 m). The title went to Cuban Pedro Piccardo, who became Portuguese in 2019, winning the Olympic gold medal last summer in Tokyo and then the world title last month in Oregon. After improving his personal best twice in the qualifying and then in the semi-finals, Thomas Jourdier finished last, at 45″ 67, in the 400m final won by Briton Matthew Hudson Smith (44″ 53).
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