Jimmy Vicaut

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Jimmy Vicaut
Jimmy Vicaut Tallinn 2011.jpg
Vicaut celebrating gold at the 2011 European Junior Championships
Personal information
Nationality  France
Born (1992-02-27) 27 February 1992 (age 23)
Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) 60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

100m outdoor: 9.86 (Paris 2015)
200m outdoor: 20.30 (Paris 2013)

60m indoor: 6.48 (Gothenburg 2013)

Jimmy Vicaut (born 27 February 1992 in Bondy, Paris) is a French sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 metres. His personal best of 9.86 in the 100 m makes him the joint fastest European in history.


Vicaut was born to an Ivorian mother and a French father. He began athletics at the age of ten years and has specialized in the sprint. He won the bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Moncton, Canada and promptly travelled to Barcelona to help the French men's 4 x 100 metres relay team to the gold medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

Vicaut's junior personal best over 100 m, 10.07 seconds, is the fourth fastest time ever run by a European junior, behind only Christophe Lemaitre (10.04), Adam Gemili (10.05) and Dwain Chambers (10.06).[1]

At the French national championships in Albi on 29 July 2011, Vicaut finished second behind Christophe Lemaitre, tying his personal best of 10.07 sec. Lemaitre set a new French national record with 9.92 sec.[2]

At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Vicaut became only the second junior to ever run in a World Championship 100 m final, after Darrel Brown in 2003. Vicaut finished sixth with 10.27 sec, while his fellow countryman Lemaitre finished fourth with 10.19 sec.

On 13 July 2013, at the French national championships in Paris, Vicaut won the title in 9.95 sec., his new personal best.[3]

At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Vicaut took part in three events - the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay. He was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100 and 200 metres events, while his relay team did not advance to the final from the heats.

His younger brother, Willy, also an athlete, competes in the shot put.[4]

Personal best[edit]

Distance Time venue
100 m (outdoor) 9.86 s Paris (4 July 2015) [=ER]
200 m (outdoor) 20.30 s Paris (6 July 2013)
60 m (indoor) 6.48 s Gothenburg (2 March 2013)

Birmingham (15 February 2014)


  1. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (22 July 2010). "Williams wins European junior 100m gold". Athletics Weekly. 
  2. ^ "Another national record for Lemaitre – 9.92 in Albi – French champs, Days 1 and 2". IAAF.org. 30 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jimmy Vicaut nouvelle étoile du sprint français". Le Monde. 13 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Les frères VICAUT". Paris Avenir Athletic (in French). 18 December 2010. 

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Preceded by
Portugal Francis Obikwelu
Men's 100 metres European Record Holder
4 July 2015 – present
(shared with Portugal Francis Obikwelu)
Succeeded by