This is the big upheaval for the 4H, both at world level since records are falling at the moment, and for the Loire department, where performances also follow one another. Investigation into a discipline that is finding color.
In less than a week, the world of athletics vibrates to the rhythm of major performances, as two world records were broken in a few days. Sydney McLaughlin seized it in the women while Karsten Warholm erased a mark dating from 1992. In the Loire runners, the performances follow one another and even if the best marks which are always on the shelves of the committee do not fall yet, some are titillated. For example, Aymeric Dutrevis broke the 1982 record in the junior category in June.
Théo Jonin has dropped four times under 55 seconds in a month, no senior has done so since 2017. Performances that herald a bright future for the discipline: “It’s good that it is young people who arrive with qualities, ambitions. To see these performances at national level can only be beneficial to everyone. It is a locomotive for others, even those who do not do 400 m hurdles, ”explains Hervé Colin, the departmental technician.
A difficult race
However, the discipline is not just emulated as it is a difficult race to understand technically, since it is necessary to negotiate the turns but especially the passage of hurdles always difficult. “It’s a special race in the sense that there is a real philosophy to assimilate in the way you approach it in order to progress. It is not enough to say to yourself “Come on, I’m going to run fast and pass hurdles,” says Benjamin Dubois, manager of the CA du Roannais. To progress, the clubs will have to equip themselves with trainers specialized in this discipline, but in the Loire, the future of 4H looks bright.