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Kevin Mayer: “In France, at school, there is no culture of winning”

MAINTENANCE – The Olympic decathlon runner-up in Tokyo spoke at length to Le Figaro about his Games, but also the place of sport in the education system.

On August 5, after two complicated days due to a back problem, Kevin Mayer won the silver medal in the decathlon in Tokyo. The same metal as five years ago in Rio. Not the one, therefore, that he had come to seek in the Japanese capital, him the world record holder of the discipline. But of which he remains “very proud”. Before enjoying a well-deserved vacation, the 29-year-old athlete took the time to confide in his Games, on the current difficulties of French athletics and especially on the lack of recognition from which the sport suffers. Without tongue in cheek, as always with this champion with strong convictions.

LE FIGARO. – Looking back today, what feeling predominates about the Tokyo Games and your silver medal in the decathlon?
Kevin MAYER. – There will always be the frustration of not having arrived there in the best conditions, but also the pride of having obtained this medal under these conditions. I do not have

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