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Athletics: after a bad reaction to the anti-Covid vaccine, Christophe Lemaître is worried about the Tokyo Olympics

Bronze medalist in the 200m in Rio in 2016, Christophe Lemaitre was forced to forfeit the French Athletics Championships. This package makes the presence of the French at the Tokyo Olympics (July 23 to August 8) a little more uncertain.

Decidedly, the planets are badly aligned for the Savoyard, and his presence at the Tokyo Olympics is getting more complicated every day.

Sprinter Christophe Lemaitre has withdrawn from the French Athletics Championships, contested from Friday to Sunday in Angers. Jimmy Vicaut as well as the half-founder Pierre-Ambroise Bosse will also not be in the game.

In the aftermath of similar announcements by Quentin Bigot and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, the cascade of packages of big names in French athletics continues and worries one month before the Tokyo Olympics (July 23 – August 8).

Christophe Lemaitre “is not at 100% of his physical means, following in particular bad reactions to vaccines against COVID-19″ , explains his entourage. On his Facebook page, he already expressed the hope ” that the form returns “.

The situation is indeed critical for the bronze medalist in the 200m in Rio in 2016. Author of a season so far missed, he has not achieved the international minimums required over 100 m or 200 m (to be achieved until to June 29).

” Obviously it’s difficult for me to make this type of decision. But you have to be realistic, I am not in a position to defend my chances at the French Championships. I have to resolve to give it up today , explained le Savoyard. ” I will digest this decision, continue to train to regain my feelings and end the season with a performance that meets my ambitions.”

His only chance to see Tokyo is now to be drafted for the 4x100m relay, but he is only the 16th Frenchman in the distance.

On June 5, in Aix-les-Bains, we met him in full preparation. While his training was going pretty well in April, he was already shaken up in May by a Covid vaccination. A vaccine that has tired the athlete who does not disarm and clings, because the Games, he loves it. After two participations in 2012 in London and then in Rio in 2016, he dreams of finding this atmosphere unlike any other this summer. A dream for the moment with a fragile balance …

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