“I try to break all the codes of athletics”

Fourth in the 5,000m at the Paris Meeting on Saturday, Jimmy Gressier is very close to being close to the stars of his discipline.

Fourth in the 5,000m Diamond League on Saturday in Paris, Jimmy Gressier, 25, is on his way to the heights. A time of 13’08”75, synonymous with the minimums of the World Championships of Eugene (United States), and a personal mark for him. All this under the 32 degrees of the Parisian night … We let ourselves imagine that with better conditions, the Frenchman can still run ten seconds below! This would place him at the level of Ismaïl Sghyr’s French record (12’58”83 in 2000).

A XXL performance once again, after entering the final of the Tokyo Olympics in the 5,000 m (13th), his French and European cross-country titles, as well as his gold medals for the aspirants in the European (more than 5,000 m and 10,000). m). This is one of the reasons why the French public is totally captivated by this cross-country skier. But he is not the only one …

What makes me happy is receiving so much support from my audience

Jimmy Gressier

Wherever he goes, French sports fans follow him. Jimmy Gressier landed a bit out of nowhere before shining in athletics (football player in Boulogne until 2015), and his profile was immediately noticeable, both sportingly and humanly. “What makes me happy is receiving so much support from my audience. I think my generosity and simplicity please me. date with them in two years with Paris 2024.explained.

And to continue: “They came here, they paid for places that could be expensive, they made the effort to take the Paris ring road, so it’s a pleasure to share with them. In my young career I have been given a lot, so I like to return to the public, always with simplicity. I come from a fairly modest family, so being here is nothing but happiness. ”.

A figure for Paris 2024

France needs models to host its Olympics, which will begin in two years. As for athletics, in addition to the generation of veterans who carried the blue, white and red flag on top of the poles, Jimmy Gressier embodies the young, so talented generation. “For athletics, I think I’m a symbol. I try to break all the codes of athletics coming from a disadvantaged neighborhood and having played football for many years. This is what allows many French people, Parisians, to recognize themselves in me. I send the message of success when you give yourself the means, when you think it is possible. I believed in it more strongly than anyone else, and I knew how to hold the hands that stretched me to get to where I am today. We are full of talent in the neighborhoods, and even all over France, all it takes is rigor, training and desire. declared the French champion, his eyes still bright with happiness after the effervescence of Charléty’s audience towards him.

Author of a last straight line of madness, Jimmy Gressier wanted to greet the audience that came in large numbers this Saturday, June 18 in Charléty (15,827 spectators announced). Overview

“I know a lot of people who have talent but don’t get it. For my part, I may have a little less ease, but above all I have an excessive desire for success, much more than others. At the end of my career, I will be able to lift my legs and rest, but right now I want to grab whatever there is to grab. Life is too short as they say, so you have to do it all!he says again, hungry.

The appointment is made for Paris 2024. And in the much near future, Jimmy Gressier will travel to Eugene (July 15-24) for the World Cup. His ambitions are not hidden: he dreams of shining there and playing something beautiful against African competitors. On the other hand, he admits, the main goal of his season is still the gold medal at the European Championships in Munich (August 15-21).

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