Present at the elite French championships in Miramas for “test yourself”, the decathlete Kevin Mayer took the opportunity to announce his presence at the Euro in two weeks (5-7 March). Still undecided when starting the competition, the 2018 European heptathlon champion put an end to the suspense on Saturday afternoon: “Yes, I want to go to these championships, I feel good, I have benchmarks and I miss the jersey of the France team.”
While he has not played in major international competitions since his retirement due to injury at the Doha Worlds in October 2019, the Montpellier resident wishes to take advantage of this springboard in the perspective of Tokyo: “I’m going to Poland to have fun, to have a few performances and above all to prepare well for the Olympics. In addition, I have not finished a competition with this outfit since Birmingham (the Indoor Worlds in March 2018, Editor’s note). It is to feel this euphoria of the big championships that I do sport “, assures the world indoor champion in 2017.
The Montpellier driver showed during his race program that despite fatigue, the certainties remain, with a good time in the 60m (6’93, 8 “from his record) and an average long jump at 7.38m. “I wanted to take part in these events to keep the pace and see where I am. The physical is there.” The world record holder in the decathlon is slowly gaining strength two weeks before the Euro in Poland. He will obviously be the heptathlon favorite.