Jimmy Vicault Posts Season's Best 100 Metres Record at 9.86 Seconds

Updated: 08 June 2016 13:07 IST

Jimmy Vicault recently clocked 9.99 seconds at Rome's Diamond League , enough to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games

Jimmy Vicault Posts Season
Jimmy Vicault's time is the quickest 100 metres run anywhere in the world this year © AFP

Montreuil:

French sprinter Jimmy Vicault posted a season-best 100 metres time of 9.86 seconds to equal his own European record in Montreuil on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old had clocked 9.99 seconds at Rome's Diamond League last Thursday, enough to qualify for the August 5-21 Rio Olympic Games.

He became co-holder of the European 100 metres record on July 4, 2015 in Paris when he matched the mark set by Portugal's Francis Obikwelu at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

"I thought I'd put in a big time today. I'm really satisfied with that," said Vicault.

His time is the quickest 100 metres run anywhere in the world this year, ahead of Qatari Femi Ogunode (9.91 seconds), veteran Kim Collins (9.93 seconds) and Justin Gatlin (also 9.93 seconds).

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt, set to defend his 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x100 metres Olympic titles in Brazil, has run the blue riband distance this year in 9.98 seconds last month in Ostrava.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist owns the 100 metres world record at 9.58 seconds.

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Highlights
  • Jimmy Vicault recently clocked 9.99 seconds at Diamond League
  • Vicault became co-holder of European 100 metres record in July last year
  • Usain Bolt owns the 100 metres world record at 9.58 seconds
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