“It makes me achieve expertise at excessive pace”, enthuses pole vaulter Margot Chevrier


Margot Chevrier should wait to unfold out her seashore towel on the pebbles of the Baie des Anges. The 22-year-old pole vaulter certified for the Worlds in Eugene (Oregon), which start on Friday July 15, and the European Championships in Munich (August 15-21).

When she calls us for the interview, the French champion, who’s simply recovering from Covid-19, goes to coaching, schedules an examination date for her medical exams, and prepares a fundraiser to finance his coach’s journey to america. The Good thus lives his summer time at full pace, within the picture of his progress.

Franceinfo: sport: You obtain 4.70 m in June, synonymous with private greatest and minimal for the Eugene Worlds. Was it a shock for you?


Margot Chevrier: Nope, as a result of with the technical progress made, we knew that it may come out at any time throughout the season. Inevitably, having by no means achieved 4.70m earlier than, I couldn’t depart on a preparation set for the Worlds. It will have been too dangerous. So I used to be ready for the French championships. HASwith these 4.70mI’m now extra anticipated, I’ve a terrific stability sheet in stage European and worldwide, and I not arrive as an outsider.

Collaborating within the Eugene World Championships is a vital step two years from the Paris Video games…

Sure, I noticed it this winter, on a significant championship, we might arrive with stuffed with convictions, we may be destabilized. Not essentially due to the competitors however as a result of the group is completely different: all the pieces is greater, all the pieces takes longer. It has nothing to do with different competitions and even massive conferences in France. The distinction, too, is that there are {qualifications} earlier than the ultimate, like on the Olympic Video games. That is maybe probably the most tough a part of the championship when it comes to stress and administration. As a result of 48 hours later you additionally need to be in fine condition for the ultimate.

In these competitions, I’m the youngest. I am 22 years previous and I am up towards ladies with lengthy prize lists. I could also be the most effective for a part of the season, however out of the blue I am probably the final. It’s important to discover the psychological trick to say to your self: “I may also be the most effective at the moment if I put all the pieces in place.”

The calendar is busy this summer time with the French championships, then the Worlds and at last the European championships. Did it’s important to alter your preparation?

It was a brilliant intense yr for me as a result of the world indoor championships [en mars] and open air, it was not deliberate. We had been reasonably going to Europe exterior. Lastly, the development meant that I’ll do the three championships. It makes me achieve expertise at excessive pace ! Then itIt is a good timing to have the Worlds earlier than the Europe. It takes the drama out of a number of issues to finish the season in model in Munich, even when the European stage is near the world stage.

For the group of coaching, it is a number of feeling, expertise and experience of my coach. He is been coaching me for seven years and he is aware of how I’ll react. He is the one who makes his sauce, he places all of the substances, after which we put together the salad for 2.

How do you obtain peak health 3 times in the identical summer time?

perch, in contrast to the 100 meters or the center distance, is a self-discipline the place you do not actually must be in peak form to carry out. Particularly amongst younger folks the place we’re nonetheless understanding a number of technical issues.

It is a bit like what occurred in Salon-de-Provence once I made 4.70 m. I did not essentially really feel on prime bodily however technically all the pieces was in place. I used to be in a position to play on the momentum, the gear, the leaping approach. Generally, it is nearly on a foul kind that we are going to reach releasing a giant efficiency.

You contracted Covid-19 simply earlier than the French championships on the finish of June. Do you continue to really feel the results bodily?

I took fairly a beating, particularly the final week earlier than the French championships. With a fever of 40, it was already onerous to get out of my mattress or my couch, so going to the stadium was actually difficult. Muscularly talking it knocked me out. Nevertheless it fell when, usually, we “juice” earlier than a contest. So we tailored the coaching by doing small classes.

On the French championships, I did three warm-up jumps and after that my autonomy was over. The target was to win and it’s fulfilled. However with regular kind, I may have ready nicely for the Worlds. There, it was extra delicate, Ijumped 100% on psychological. Now that is it, I’ve no extra signs in any respect and I’ll resume intensive coaching in america.

Margot Chevrier in the final of the World Athletics Championships, March 19, 2022 in Belgrade (Serbia).  (KEMPINAIRE STEPHANE / KMSP / AFP)

You’re conducting medical research in parallel with this very busy season. How do you mix your two lives?

For medical programs, I’ve lodging. I solely do one semester a yr. It is nonetheless sporty nevertheless it’s completed. I am fortunate, my faculty may be very open. I grew up in Good, I graduated in Good, I am going to Good College. For them, I am a little bit of a neighborhood product, in order that they need to accompany me. Generally it takes just a little gymnastics.

In June, on thethe identical week, I had my partials, I noticed the catch-up on a topic coming as massive as a home, and I made 4m70, the minimal for the Worlds. Consequence: I’ve a catch-up three days after my arrival in america. I’ll clearly not have the ability to be in a lecture corridor in Good or be related remotely at 2 am. So we settled down.

It’s certain that the rhythm stays intense. VShe final two years, with the Covid-19, we have now had a single and nice season the place the championships are linked. This summer time once more, as an alternative to go on trip after the Worlds, we can have per week of relative relaxation to take the time to take care of the jet lag, after which we are going to resume coaching for the European championships. As for the vacations, it can wait till September. A minimum of there will not be any vacationers.

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