Athletics: Tamgho comes out of retirement and aims for the Paris Games

For a surprise, it’s a surprise! Teddy Tamgho has decided to put on the athletic spikes for the 2024 Paris Olympics. “I think it’s time. High time to put the tips back. High time to prepare Paris 2024. I trained, I observed, I analyzed and by testing myself for some time, I understood that the legs were still ready, ready to jump far, ready to win THE medal (the only one I’m looking for), “wrote the athlete, who has become a coach in recent years, on his Instagram account.

Junior world champion in 2008, then indoor world champion in 2010, he won the outdoor world title in 2013 in Moscow, with a jump of 18.04 m, becoming the third athlete to exceed 18 m in triple leap.

But his career has been marred by numerous injuries, which notably deprived him of the London Olympics in 2012, and various suspensions. One of twelve months including six firm inflicted by the French Athletics Federation after an altercation which pitted him against an amateur athlete and two close to her during a training session in Saint-Raphaël (Var ), in October 2011. Another from the International Federation for a period of one year in 2014 for three breaches of its anti-doping whereabouts obligations in less than 18 months.

“Emulation will not be lacking in training”

“Christian Taylor as well as Pichardo have not stopped cheering me on so that I come back, so let’s go”, adds in his message on Instagram the Frenchman, referring to the Olympic and world triple jump champions, the American Christian Taylor and Cuban-born Portuguese Pedro Pichardo.

“The protocol is simple, six months of upgrading (weight, physical condition, mental preparation for a return after a long break) then in October 2023: NO QUARTER! I have the chance to train and to train an athlete who is at the top of the world triple jump so, emulation will not be lacking in training, “explains the one who trains the Burkinabé Hugues-Fabrice Zango, bronze medalist. at the Tokyo Olympics and holder of the indoor world record with 18.07 m, a record stolen from … Tamgho (17.92 m in 2011).


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