Bronze medal for Pontvianne in the triple jump

Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 9:51 p.m.

With only one jump validated in the final, Jean-Marc Pontvianne won bronze in the triple jump in a contest dominated by Pedro Pablo Pichardo.

After Jules Pommery at length, Jean-Marc Pontvianne made the French athletics team happy. The 2022 French vice-champion of the discipline went for a very nice bronze medal during a very high level final. However, for the Habs, it did not start in the best way. Indeed, Jean-Marc Pontvianne missed nothing less than his first two tries and put enormous pressure on himself before his last attempt against the board. Managing to settle his marks, the member of the Nîmes club fell to 16.94m and settled in second place after the first three attempts. A skimming which also saw the reigning French champion Enzo Hodebar offer himself three additional passages. With 16.62m on his first try then 16.61m on the second, Benjamin Compaoré’s protege has never been able to do better, with in particular three missed tries, for a seventh place finish.

Pontvianne got scared

In the momentum of his first two tries, Jean-Marc Pontvianne was unable to validate one of his last three tries. A lack of success on the board which put him under threat from his pursuers. However, only the Italian Andrea Dellavalle was able to do better with a mark of 17.04m on the fifth attempt to get the silver medal behind an untouchable Pedro Pablo Pichardo. The Portuguese of Cuban origin, who was able to line up at the European Championships for the first time since his naturalization, hurt his rivals with 17.50m on the second try. Sure of his superiority, he skipped his fourth and fifth attempts before attempting the last for the show… but biting. Having seen Marcos Ruiz then Tobia Bocchi fail to improve their benchmark, Jean-Marc Pontvianne was able to savor his first medal in major championships, he who finished eighth at the Eugene Worlds.

Jordier and Tavernier miss out, Bonnin gave everything

This early evening at the Olympic Stadium in Munich also saw Thomas Jordier not seizing his chance in the 400m final. The French distance champion last June attacked at the start of the race but visibly assumed his strength. Crossing the finish line in 45”67, the member of the Amiens club took eighth and last place in this final. Briton Matthew Hudson-Smith went for gold in 44”53, two tenths of a second behind Thomas Schönlebe’s European record. The Swiss Ricky Petrucchiani took second place ahead of another Briton, Alex Haydock-Wilson, who was decided in the thousandths against the Dutchman Liemarvin Bonevacia. Alexandra Tavernier, for her part, did not shine in the hammer throw final. The Habs, with 66.60m on their first try, took 12th and last place. The title went to Romanian Bianca Florentina Ghelber with a throw of 72.72m. Despite a personal record beaten with 4.55m, Marie-Julie Bonnin could not do better than fifth in the pole vault final when Margot Chevrier stopped at 4.40m for a 10th place. A final which saw Finland’s Wilma Murto surprise everyone by winning the title by equaling the championship record at 4.85m. In search of an exceptional hat-trick, Femke Bol launched her European championships by dominating the 400m hurdles in 49”44 ahead of the Poles Natalia Kaczmarek and Anna Kielbasinska.

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