Fourth in the 5,000m at the Meeting de Paris on Saturday, Jimmy Gressier is about to touch the stars of his discipline.
Finishing fourth in the Diamond League in Saturday’s Diamond League in Paris, Jimmy Gressier, 25, continues his cheerful climb. A time of 13’08”75, equivalent to the minimum for the Eugene World Championships (USA), and a personal best for him. All this with the 32 degrees of the Parisian night… We imagine that the Frenchman could still run ten seconds under that in better conditions! This would put him at the level of the French record set by Ismaïl Sghyr (12’58”83 in 2000).
Another XXL performance after reaching the final at the Tokyo Olympics over 5,000 m (13th), his titles as French champion and European champion in cross-country skiing and his gold medals in the European Championship hopes (over 5,000 m and 10,000 m). m). That’s one of the reasons why the French public is completely won over by this cross-country skier. But it’s not the only…
What makes me happy is to have such support from my audience
Wherever he goes, French sports lovers follow him. Jimmy Gressier landed a little out of nowhere before excelling in athletics (soccer player in Boulogne until 2015) and his profile immediately caught the eye, both on a sporting and human level. “What makes me happy is to have such support from my audience. I think my generosity and my simplicity will please. I did a lap of honor to thank them by making the V sign with my fingers to set up a two-year appointment with Paris 2024.”he explained.
And to continue: “They came here, they paid for places that can be expensive, they bothered to take the Paris bypass, so it’s a pleasure to be able to share with them. I have been given a lot in my young career, so I like to give something back to the public, always with simplicity. I come from a fairly humble family so it’s nothing but luck to be here».
A number for Paris 2024
France needs models to organize its Olympic Games, which start in two years. On the athletics side, Jimmy Gressier embodies the talented young generation alongside the generation of veterans who carried the blue, white and red flag to the top of the poles. “I am a symbol for athletics. I try to break all the rules of athletics as I come from a disadvantaged area and have practiced soccer for many years. That allows many French people, Parisians, to recognize themselves in me. I convey the message of success when you give yourself the means, when you believe that it is possible to be successful. I believed in it more than anyone else, I knew how to take the hands outstretched to get to where I am today. We are full of talent in the neighborhood and even anywhere in France it just takes rigor, training and will. declared the French champion, his eyes still sparkling with happiness after the Charléty crowd cheered him enthusiastically.
“I know a lot of people who have talent but don’t succeed. For my part, I may have fewer opportunities, but above all I have an excessive desire to succeed, much more than the others. At the end of my career I will be able to put my feet up and rest, but for now I feel like taking whatever there is to take. Life is too short, as the saying goes, so you have to give it your all!he says again, hungry.
The appointment is for Paris 2024. And in the much nearer future, Jimmy Gressier will travel to Eugene (July 15-24) for the World Championships. His ambitions are not hidden: he dreams of shining there and playing something nice against African rivals. On the other hand, he admits, the main goal of his season remains the gold medal at the European Championships in Munich (from August 15th to 21st).