Stéphane Diagana

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Stéphane Diagana
Stéphane Diagana 2005.jpg
Medal record
Competitor for  France
Men's athletics
World Championships
Gold 1997 Athens 400 m hurdles
Gold 2003 Paris 4x400 m relay
Silver 1999 Seville 400 m hurdles
Bronze 1995 Gothenburg 400 m hurdles
European Championships
Gold 2002 Munich 400 m hurdles
Silver 1994 Helsinki 4x400 m relay
Bronze 1994 Helsinki 400 m hurdles
European Indoor Championships
Silver 2002 Vienna 4x400 m relay

Stéphane Diagana (born 23 July 1969 in Saint-Affrique, Aveyron) is a retired, French track and field sprinter and hurdler. His specialities were the 400 metres hurdles and the 4 x 400 metres relay.

Diagna won the 400 metres hurdles gold medal at the 1997 World Championships in Athens and the 4 x 400 metres relay gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in Paris. In 2002 he won the 400 metres hurdles gold medal at the European Championships in Munich. Diagana also set a new, European 400 metres hurdles outdoor record of 47.37 sec. in Lausanne, Switzerland on 5 July 1995. As of 1 September 2014, this European record still stands.

In his only Olympic appearance, Diagana finished in fourth position in the final of the 400 metres hurdles of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. In that Olympics, his 4 x 400 metres relay team was eliminated in the heats.

Diagana retired from competition in 2004 and became a television commentator and advisor to the Fédération française d'athlétisme (French Athletics Federation).[1]

On 7 Apr 2008, Diagana was an Olympic torch runner for the 2008 Olympics. While he was running with the torch in Paris, Paris city councillor Sylvain Garel tried to snatch it from his hands.[2]

On 21 Jan 2011, Diagana was seriously injured in road accident while he was cycling along a road of the Col de Vence in the department of Alpes-Maritimes in southeast France. He was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Nice. He suffered head injuries and although in a serious condition, he did not lose consciousness.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b European 400m hurdles record holder Diagana injured in a road accident. European Athletics (2011-01-22). Retrieved on 2011-01-23.
  2. ^ Chris Buckley and Thierry Leveque (2008-04-07). Protests turn Paris Olympic torch run into farce The Independent. Retrieved 29 July 2010.

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Records
Preceded by
West Germany Harald Schmid
Men's 400 m Hurdles European Record Holder
5 July 1995 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Derrick Adkins
Men's 400 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
1995
Succeeded by
United States Derrick Adkins