Virtus Global Games in Vichy: Gaël Geffroy (Montluçon Athlétisme) wins 1500m series

Virtus Global Games in Vichy: Gaël Geffroy (Montluçon Athlétisme) wins 1500m series

In one race, pass all the boxes. Team France member and Montluçon Athlétisme club member Gaël Geffroy, 23, who has autism, took first in his series over 1,500m on Tuesday, and first in zero out of nineteen male competitors who took part in that halfback in Virtus. Global games.

The only Allier athlete in this international multi-sport competition held in the Vichy region, he finished the event at 4’04″06, ahead of Portugal’s Sandro Baessa (4’04″64) and Japan’s Daisuke Nakagawa (4’04”91).

Acceleration in the last meters

Victory obtained by accelerating 150 meters from the finish line, having spent a significant part of the race just behind the Japanese, like the Portuguese athlete. “The Japanese were advancing very quickly,” said Gael Geoffroy. “I didn’t want to burn myself out in the final.

The crowd’s encouragement gave him wings, as he finished first in his race and set the best time of the two-man series.

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A Bourbon athlete qualified at the last Tokyo Games, he is the only Frenchman at the Virtus Global Games to take part in this Paralympic distance, and athletes in category II1 (intellectual handicap) are eligible in this discipline.

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“The level is high,” explains FFA coach Lick Burnet. This requires very diligent qualities and training. It takes a lot of investment.

Twelve contestants for the final on Thursday

Twelve players will compete in the final scheduled for Thursday. The French will find, in particular, the Italian and Ukrainian athletes, Ndyaga Deng and Pavlo Volojkevich, whom he meets regularly at the European and World Virtus Championships.

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“I am confident,” confirms Gael Geoffroy. The Bourbonnais athlete will also be lining up for the 5,000-meter and 4×400-meter races scheduled for Friday.

Estelle Dissay text; Pictures of Renault Baldacine

Men’s 1500m Final (II1) = >> Thursday 8 June, 3.45pm, at the Vichy Athletics Stadium.

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