In our last post we featured Allan Wells, the last white man to win Olympic 100m gold. It wasn’t until 2010, some 30 years later that, a white man broke the 10 second barrier. Christophe Lemaitre (born 11 June 1990) is our first Frenchman to feature on Genuine Pace.
Lemaitre grew up in the town of Culoz, where he took part in handball, rugby and football, before his sprinting prowess was discovered. In 2005 at the age of 15, during national sprinting events, Lemaitre ended up with the fastest 50 metres in the country. A month after his 16th birthday in 2006, and less than a year after joining an athletics club in Aix-les-Bains, Lemaitre ran 100 m in 10.96 seconds. His personal best improved to 10.53 seconds by 17 years old.
He is the current French 100 m outdoor and 200 m outdoor record holder with a time of 9.92 seconds and 19.80 seconds respectively and was the first man purely of European descent to break the 10-second barrier in an officially timed 100 m event.
Never give up…