The French, accused of evading an anti-doping control, aims at the Olympic minima for the Tokyo Games.
The Paris marathon began Sunday (April 14th) and includes, among the riders, the French Clemence Calvin, whose temporary suspension for evading an anti-doping test was lifted Friday by the Council of State.
Timidly applauded on the Champs-Elysées with the other "elite" women athletes, the vice-champion of Europe of distance aims at the Olympic minima for the Tokyo 2020 Games, set at 2:29:30. In 2018, Clemence Calvin became the second best French performer in history over distance, in 2:26:28, behind Christelle Daunay.
"Very happy to be able to run"
"I have no reason to be afraid because I am upright and proud (…) Whistles as well as encouragement, I will only take the positive"assured the runner-up European marathon champion in 2018 on CNews on Saturday. The decision of the State Council Friday "Is a first victory for me and I am very happy to be able to run and avoid the triple punishment that was inflicted on me so far", she said.
The organizer of the marathon, ASO, refused to comment on his presence, just like the president of the French Athletics Federation (FFA) André Giraud, who simply told Agence France-Presse "Follow what is happening to protect other athletes".
The French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) accuses Clemence Calvin of evading control on March 27 in Marrakech. She faces four years of suspension and the cancellation of her results after that date.
French looking for Olympic minima
In all, 60,000 competitors are expected at the start of the Paris Marathon. Like Clemence Calvin, several other French are in search of the Olympic minima: Florian Carvalho, Morhad Amdouni, Nicolas Navarro and Benjamin Malaty hunt 2: 11: 30, a time noted that none of them never realized.
However, they should not play first place, whose logical favorite is the Kenyan Paul Lonyangata (26), already winner in Paris in 2017 and 2018, along with the Ethiopian Asefa Mengistu (31), author of 2:04: 24 in January at the very fast Dubai marathon (3rd).
Paul Lonyangata (26 years old), an athlete with a tortuous history – he fled his native country at the age of 9 because of an ethnic conflict that claimed the life of his older sister – also targets the Ethiopian record Kenenisa Bekele (2:05:03) established in 2014.
In women, two Ethiopians announce themselves as favorites: Gelete Burka (33 years old, record in 2h20: 45) and the young Azmera Abreha (21 years, 2h21: 51), in the absence of the defender of the Kenyan title Saina Betsy.