Robert-Michon is miles ahead in Montgeron

Robert-Michon shows good form ahead of Lille
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Melina Robert-Michon threw 61.43m in the Shanghai Diamond League and replicated that mark the following day in Montgeron

It was quite a weekend for French discus thrower Melina Robert-Michon, who went from finishing eighth in the Diamond League in Shanghai on Saturday to winning the Elite Meeting de Montgeron on home soil on Sunday.

And incredibly, Robert-Michon threw exactly the same distance in both competitions some 5700 metres apart - 61.43m.

"At the end of the meeting in Shanghai, I was able to quickly jump on the bus to the airport. I rested well on the plane to arrive at Montgeron and oddly, I felt technically and physically better than in China," she told Le Dauphine after the competition.

Robert-Michon produced the three best throws of the competition - 61.43m, 60.99m and 60.70m - to defeat teammate Pauline Pousse, who also surpassed the 60m line with 60.29m.

In doing so, Robert-Michon will almost certainly be called up to represent France on home soil at the European Athletics Team Championships in Lille from 23-25 June.


It was also a memorable meeting for French triple jumper Jean-Marc Pontvianne. After surpassing the 17m line outdoors for the first time last weekend with 17.09m, Pontvianne extended his European-lead to 17.13m to match his outright lifetime best.

After a breakthrough indoor season in which he surpassed the long-standing world indoor U20 record, 18-year-old Melvin Raffin finished second to Pontvianne with an outdoor lifetime best of 16.85m.

The 110m hurdles is one of the strongest events domestically and after missing out on the Olympics, Garfield Darien will be in contention for a place on the team for the World Championships in London. Eighth in Beijing two years ago, Darien opened his outdoor season with victory in 13.33.

There was also excellent sprinting on the flat with Carole Zahi winning the 100m in a lifetime best of 11.20 ahead of Orphee Neola, who improved from 11.51 to 11.22 to take second ahead of Jamile Samuel from the Netherlands in 11.26.