Jimmy Gressier before the Paris Meeting: “It’s an appointment with my public for Paris 2024”

Jimmy Gressier before the Paris Meeting: “It’s an appointment with my public for Paris 2024”

A specialist in the 10,000 and 5,000 meters, the Frenchman is looking forward to performing at home this weekend during the French stage of the Diamond League.

It is probably the best start to the season of his young career. At 25, Jimmy Gressier is coming out of a 2021 season where he entered the Olympic 5,000 meter final in Tokyo (13th), and where he was titled French cross-court champion in Montauban last December.

Since then, the native of Boulogne-sur-Mer has continued to move forward. French champion in the 10 km on the road, at home in 27’40 at first, then winner a few days ago of the European Cup in the 10,000 meters in 27’24”51 (qualification for the next Worlds in pocket) in a second time. “My first part of the season is going very well for me, mentally I’m very fresh,” says Jimmy Gressier.

European champion otherwise nothing

Now the French is tackling a large block of preparation for the Worlds, but especially the European Championships (in Munich from August 15 to 21). “I would like to make a Top 6 of the 10,000 Worlds but above all I want to be European champion in Munich. I don’t deny myself anything. The form is good and the mind is very good too. I hope to run around 27’00 and 13’00 over 5000m. I can’t wait to leave for Font-Romeu on Sunday to prepare for these deadlines and get closer to these times. This Paris Meeting will therefore be a first opportunity to confront myself with the best. It’s an appointment with my audience before the 2024 Games. To see what we can give, and what the public can give back to us, ”he says.

And to continue, about the scorching temperatures expected in Paris this Saturday: “The heat, it will be complicated to manage for the athletes who will run around 8-9 p.m. For my part, my race is at 10:20 p.m. and it should be quite cool. In any case, that’s what I felt last night when I picnicked in the INSEP park with my girlfriend (laughs). It should be fine for me.”

This Paris Meeting therefore represents a wonderful opportunity for Jimmy Gressier to confront the world’s elite. A preparation race, it will be understood, but a race nonetheless. And the 25-year-old runner is not one to do half measures. Watch out timing!

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