ALBI, France (AFP)
Sprinter Christophe Lemaitre produceda new French record for the 100m after clocking 9.92secs to win the national championships here on Friday.
It was three-tenths of a second quicker than the previous record which he set in Stockholm on June 18.
Lemaitre, a triple European sprint champion, was helped by the conditions, a temperature of 29 degrees celcius and a favourable wind (2m/s) which fell within the limits for records to stand.
"It's a great time," said Lemaitre. "The conditions were ideal and it was good to rediscover the conditions and formula for championships which I had just lost a little."
Last week, the Frenchman wilted at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, trailing in fifth in 10.03secs.
"After the Paris meeting (on July 8) he has been suffering a groin injury and that limited the speed work he could do," said his coach Pierre Carraz. "Since Monaco he just had two light training sessions."
Lemaitre will get the chance to rub shoulders once more with the world's best such as Usian Bolt and Asafa Powell at the world championships in Daegu, South Korean in August.