Friday evening ended in a fishtail for the American public present at Hayward Field. The US men’s 4x100m relay had to settle for the silver medal (37”55) behind Canada (37”48), with Great Britain (37”83) completing the podium.
The French team, which had been attractive in the semi-finals by winning its race, fell back into its trap with a bad handover between the first two torchbearers, Meba-Mickaël Zeze and Pablo Mateo. After taking eighth and last place in 38”34, the tricolor relay was logically disqualified.
“We are disappointed with our performance, obviously, we expected much better after our semi-final, let go of Meba-Mickaël Zeze. The level in the final was very high, but there was something to look for. But we have a renewed team, we will continue to prepare for the next deadlines, the European Championships in Munich next month, the Worlds in Budapest in 2023 and the Olympics in two years in Paris. On the transmission, we took risks, no more than in the semi-finals, it pushes us to make mistakes, but it’s part of the relay. »
Pablo Mateo was obviously referring to the “frustration” tricolor, and Jimmy Vicaut “the bad night to come” for the relay collective. “We expected much better than that, but we have to remobilize, continued the eldest of the relay. A medal would have been good for the France team, but that’s the way it is. »
There is only one day of competition left to open the counter. Ryan Zeze said he was “proud of the team, and of Pablo (Mateo)entered this season in the group. Nobody blames him, mistakes happen, and the adventure will continue. »