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Lemaitre to defend Euro title

Christophe Lemaitre

Christophe Lemaitre

France’s triple European sprint champion Christophe Lemaitre has said that he expects to compete in five outdoor meetings ahead of the defence of his titles at this summer’s European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, which will be held between 27 June – 1 July.

He intends to compete at the Samsung Diamond League meetings in Rome on 31 May and then on home soil in Paris on 6 July.

In the Italian capital, the 2010 European Athlete of the Year said that he will run the 100m, where he is expected to come up against the Jamaican world record holder and 2008 Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

Additionally, his summer schedule includes the first and last rounds of the French club championships and also the French national championships, which will be in Angers on 15-17 June.

Lemaitre has said that he will defend his European Athletics Championships 100m crown in Helsinki, which he won two years ago in Barcelona, and also be part of the French 4x100m relay team which also was victorious in the Catalan city.

However, with the Olympic Games also on the calendar this summer, he is still undecided about whether he will contest the 200m in the Finnish capital.

Indoors, Lemaitre will compete at the IAAF Permit Meeting in Lievin on 14 February and then at Val-de-Reuil four days later; followed by the French national championships in Aubière over the weekend of 25-26 February.

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