Christophe Lemaitre at the 2010 European Championships
11 June 1990 |
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||74 kg (160 lb)|
|Event(s)||100 metres, 200 metres|
|Club||Athlétique Sport Aixois|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 m: 9.92 s (Albi 2011)
200 m: 19.80 s (Daegu 2011)
Christophe Lemaitre (French pronunciation: [kʁistɔf ləmɛtʁ]; born 11 June 1990 in Annecy, France) is a French sprinter, who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres. He is the French 100 m and 200 m record holder with a time of 9.92 seconds and 19.80 seconds and is the first person of European descent to break the 10-second barrier in an officially timed event.
Growing up 
Lemaitre grew up in the town of Culoz, where he practiced handball, rugby and football, before his speed was discovered. In 2005 at the age of 15, during national sprinting events, Lemaitre ended up with the fastest 50 metres in the country. A month after his 16th birthday in 2006, and less than a year after joining an athletics club at Aix-les-Bains, Lemaitre ran 100 m in 10.96 seconds. His personal best improved to 10.53 seconds in 2007.
At the 2009 European Athletics Junior Championships, Lemaitre won gold in the 100 m and set a new European junior record with a time of 10.04 seconds. He won the men's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year Award for his achievements in 2009.
At the start of the 2010 outdoor season, he opened with a run of 10.09 seconds in Aix-les-Bains before winning in 10.24 into a headwind of −2.2 m/s in Vénissieux. He ran at the French Club National Championships in Franconville in May 2010 and recorded a new 100 m personal best of 10.03 seconds, although he said he was disappointed to have missed Ronald Pognon's French record of 9.99 seconds. He aimed once more at the record at the 2010 European Team Championships and, although he again missed his target, he finished as runner-up against Dwain Chambers with a personal best of 10.02 seconds.
On July 9, 2010, Lemaitre became the first person of European descent to run 100 metres in under 10 seconds with a 9.98. Afterwards he said, "This was my goal to break it of course. One has to run under 10 seconds in order to be part of the world's best. I will be recognised as the first white man to run it, but today is mainly historical for myself!...It's not about color, it's about hard work." One day later, Lemaitre equalled the national record in the 200 m with a time of 20.16 seconds.
At the 2010 European Athletics Championships, he won gold in the 100 m with a time of 10.11 s. The next day after comfortably progressing through the heats and semi-finals of the 200 m, Lemaitre became the double European champion by storming to victory in the 200 m final in a time of 20.37 s, beating Great Britain's Christian Malcolm by 0.01 (Malcolm clocked a season's best 20.38 s). Lemaitre then combined with Jimmy Vicaut, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, and Martial Mbandjock in the 4 x 100 m relay to finish first ahead of Italy and Germany in a time of 38.11 s. At the IAAF world challenge meet in Rieti, Italy on the 29th of August Lemaitre competed in the 100 m, equalling his personal best in his heat with a 9.98, and improving upon it in the final with a run of 9.97 seconds with a reaction of 0.199.
During the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships Christophe Lemaitre was fastest during the early heats of the 60 m sprint event. He also had the fastest time in the semi-final, but he finished in third place taking a bronze during the final.
On June 7, at the first Meet of the Pro Athlé Tour in Montreuil, he broke his own national record with a time of 9.96. On June 18, he went on to again lower his National record, clocking a time of 9.95 at the European Team Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. On June 30, he matched his national record with a time of 9.95 in Lausanne. On July 29, he again lowered the French national record in Albi with a time of 9.92 s with a wind aid of 2.0 m/s. In this race he became the fastest sprinter of non-west African descent (after Frankie Fredericks), by surpassing the Patrick Johnson personal best time of 9.93.
On 30 July, he broke another French record at the 200 meters, but it did not count as the wind was 2.3 m/s, which is 0.3 m/s over the limit. During the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, Lemaitre reached the finals of the 100 m sprint event, finishing fourth. On September 3, he won the bronze medal of the 200 m final, beating his personal record with a time of 19.80 s with a wind aid of 0.8 m/s, as well as pulverizing the previous French national record he shared with Gilles Quénéhervé, 20.16 s, by 0.36 seconds. In the race he became the second fastest European 200 m sprinter in history after Pietro Mennea. On September 4, Lemaitre alongside Jimmy Vicaut, Teddy Tinmar and Yannick Lesourd, ran a season best of 38.20 s, finishing second behind a world record-breaking Jamaica and thus taking the silver medal.
Christophe Lemaitre, after consulting his coach, opted out of competing in the 100 m in the 2012 London Olympics. Lemaitre would thus only participate in the 200 m, in which he was ranked fourth that year, and the 4×100m relay. His coach, Pierre Carraz, said: "In the results over 100m, Christophe is only ranked 10th among those who have entered. Over 200m, we can hope for a medal.". At the Olympics, he finished 6th in the 200m final in a time of 20"19. After the final, he said, "I started very well. And then I still had this problem at the bend. I did my best, but it was too difficult. I finished sixth. There is not much to say. For me, it was not the final I was hoping for."  In the 4×100m relay final, his team finished fourth in a time of 38.16s, just four hundredths of a second behind the bronze medallists Trinidad and Tobago.
Christophe Lemaitre was the winner of the 2010 men's European Athlete of the Year Award. He has also been named the 2010 French Sportsman of the Year by sports daily L'Equipe. After he broke the ten seconds mark, Paris sports newspaper L'Équipe put him on the front page, even though the Tour de France was taking place. During his European champions treble winning year, Christophe Lemaitre ran faster than the former world record-holder Asafa Powell and the former double world champion Tyson Gay did at his age. He took second place in the 2011 European athlete of the year awards.
Personal life 
Despite his career in athletics, Christophe Lemaitre attends the University of Savoy, where he's obtaining a professional bachelor in industrial electrical engineering and computer science.
Personal bests 
|60 m||6.55||Aubière||13 February 2010|
|100 m||9.92 NR||+2.0 m/s||Albi||29 July 2011|||
|200 m||19.80 NR||+0.8 m/s||Daegu||3 September 2011|
Key: NR = National record
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- Round 1 Results
- Semifinal Results
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- "Lemaitre clocks 9.95 at SPAR European Team Championships, fastest European time since 2004". EAA. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
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- Sportsmail Reporter European champion Lemaitre skips 100m to focus on 200m at London 2012 Dailymail, 2012-07-26
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- "Farah handed 2011 European award". BBC News. 2011-10-05.
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- IAAF profile for Christophe Lemaitre
- Christophe Lemaitre at Sports-Reference.com
- Christophe Lemaitre profile
- French Athletics Federation profile of Christophe Lemaitre (French)
- Media related to Christophe Lemaitre at Wikimedia Commons
|Awards and achievements|
|French Sportperson of the Year