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Pro Runner - 100m men's final at European Athletics Junior Championships 2009 in Novi Sad

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For another view, go to http://tiny.cc/KsikUFrench sprinter Christophe Lemaître ran a fantastic 100m at the 20th European Athletics Junior Championships in Novi Sad, leading from gun to tape before stopping the clock in a European junior 100m record of 10.04.

Lemaître's performance was the highlight of an outstanding second day in Serbia's second city, at which four other championship records were also set, three of them coming in field events.

The long-legged Lemaître was quickest out of his blocks in the men's 100m final, with the amazing reaction time of 0.120 for a sprinter 1.89m tall, and was straight into his running. Daylight shone between himself and the rest of the field by 40 metres.

His winning time was also the second fastest ratified mark ever by a junior athlete. The previous European junior record was 10.06, set by Dwain Chambers when the British sprinter won at the 1997 European Athletics Junior Championships.

"I was only focused getting to the top of the podium. Of course, I was motivated to make a good time but in a championship it is always at the bottom of the list of priorities," reflected Lemaître after his record run.

"I thought that the junior record of France might come, but the Europeanrecord, I did not expect me at all. I am a bit speechless. Now, I'm going to rest and give my best so that, with my friends, we can also go back with a relay medal. Now I'm looking forward to Berlin (the IAAF World Championships next month). I think that I can do something great there, I can run even faster," he added.

Azerbaijan's Ramil Guliyev, who had run 10.08 this year but deliberately taken it easy during Thursday's two preliminary rounds, had a relatively sluggish start but started to motor from the halfway point and started to close on Lemaître during the final 20m but had to settlefor the silver medal in 10.16.

Text source: http://www.european-athletics.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7580&Itemid=78

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