Yohann Diniz is one of three French athletes to be pre-selected for the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships from 7-12 August.
Diniz, who turned 40 on 1 January, will be bidding for his fourth successive 50km race walk title in the German capital this summer when Berlin stages the inaugural multi-sport European Championships with co-hosts Glasgow.
After winning gold in Gothenburg 2006 and Barcelona 2010, Diniz produced the outstanding performance of the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, stopping the clock at a still-standing world record of 3:32:33.
The Frenchman approached that mark at the IAAF World Championships in London last August, winning his first global title at the age of 39 in a championship record of 3:33:12, the second fastest time in history.
Diniz, who was one of three French gold medallists at the World Championships in London, has committed himself to three more seasons of race walking. “I am still missing one [title] and that is the Olympic one. It would be a nice way to finish in Tokyo," said Diniz after winning gold in London.
Former European U20 and U23 cross country champion Hassan Chahdi and Benjamin Malaty will also wear the French vest in Berlin in the marathon. They were both inside the domestic qualifying standard of 2:13:30, clocking 2:10:20 and 2:13:07 respectively in the Paris Marathon last April.
France won two gold medals - and 10 in total - at the last edition of the European Championships in Amsterdam.
More information on the 2018 European Championships:
- The Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships will be part of the first multi-sport European Championships along with co-hosts Glasgow.
- It will be a must-watch, must-attend experience that elevates the status of European Champions, uniting existing European Championships to celebrate the highest honour in European sport and celebrating the defining moments that create Champions.
- It is the continent’s ultimate multi-sport event, an 11-day celebration of European sport staged every four years.
- Seven of Europe’s leading sports (athletics, aquatics, rowing, golf, cycling, gymnastics, triathlon) will be brought together for the first edition.
- The European Athletics Championships in Berlin will be staged 7-12 August. The six other sports will be staged in Glasgow through 2-12 August.
- 4500 athletes and 52 nations will compete across the seven sports.
- Potential TV audience of over one billion with millions more across multiple digital platforms.
- Over half a million spectators expected.