MNIL 2023 : An international platform, A rain of performance

Many athletes made their comeback on Saturday 28 January 2023 during the second edition of the National Indoor Meeting of Lyon. Among them, Charlotte Pizzo, who after one season 2022 galley, puts on the spikes and succeeds perfectly in his race by achieving the minima for the European Indoor Championships to be held in Istanbul.

A national meeting with an international look

Above 30 nations were represented this Saturday on the plateau of the Halle Stéphane Diagana in Lyon.

The Ethiopians confirmed their status as leaders of the middle distance by winning the two 3000m with the manner of. Tigist Ketema is necessary, taking with her Sarah Chelangat (Uganda) who beats her personal best just like the French Leila Hadji, Aude Keyboard and the resident of the League, Melanie Allier which improves its best performance by more than 15 Seconds.

In men, Ali Abdilmana holds in respect Melkeneh Azize after a crazy race. The two Ethiopians fought an exceptional battle surrendering blow for blow before the junior world vice-champion 2021 get the better of his compatriot.

About the Triple Jump Contest, Dariya Derkach (Italy) exceeded 14m on his third attempt and won in front of Tugba Danismaz (Turkey), The other favorite.

The men's long jump competition gave its verdict on the last jump of the competitors in a boiling atmosphere. Cuban, Lester Alcides Lescay-Gay reaches 7.99m and pushes Jules Pommery to work to recover his first place and beat the record of France hope held by his friend Erwann Konaté. The French bronze medalist of the last world championships fails to two centimeters from the record and to 3 Centimeters of the first place.

French athletes in excellent shape

If the men's 60m did not keep its promises, Jeff Erius and Christophe Lemaitre never having been in the game, The Lyon public was satisfied with good performances by French athletes.

Laëtitia Bapté launches the Elite meeting ideally by achieving the best performance of the evening. She breaks the line in 8''01 and achieves, from the 60m Hurdles heats, the minima for the European Indoor Championships. The hurdler was defeated in the final by Maayke Tjin A-Lim, but has enough to be satisfied with her return to school.

Dimitri Bascou, Men's 60m Hurdles France record holder, takes first place in a stormy final. The one who had validated his ticket for Turkey the previous week is not satisfied with the time achieved (7''76 but 7”64 In series). Embarrassed and hooked by the Liberian Wellington Zaza, The French champion could not do better. Zaza meanwhile, ended up falling on a hedge and did not reach the finish.

The 800m offered us one of the biggest sensations of this meeting. The athlete of Fontainebleau Charlotte Pizzo makes the perfect return by achieving the minima for the European Indoor Championships. After one year 2022 complicated and an injury that deprived her of the championships last summer, The half-distance runner breaks the line in 2'02''18 in front of the other favorite of the event, The Irish Nadia Power.

A promising second edition

After only one year of existence, the National Indoor Meeting of Lyon has kept all its promises, welcoming international athletes in all disciplines and fulfilling the specifications imposed by the World Athletics rank.

Even more satisfying, MNIL has found its audience, near 2000 people were present Saturday night to raise the temperature and cheer on the athletes. To welcome them, The organization was able to rely on volunteers and volunteer juries, involved in offering the best evening of athletics to all those present. Their dedication and contribution are valuable and contributed to the success of this event..

The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes League and the Décines Meyzieu Athlétisme, Co-organizers, Imagine the 2024 edition already... a few months before the Paris Olympic Games !

Antonin Bordala