Mélina Robert-Michon

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Mélina Robert-Michon
2014 DécaNation - Discus throw 21.jpg
Mélina Robert-Michon at the DécaNation 2014.
Personal information
Born (1979-07-18) 18 July 1979 (age 37)
Voiron, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Country  France
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 66.73 metres (2016) NR

Mélina Robert-Michon (born 18 July 1979) is a French discus thrower. She is silver medalist from the 2013 World Championships, 2016 Summer Olympics and a national record holder.

Discus career[edit]

At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Robert-Michon won the discus silver medal with her last throw - a distance of 66.28 metres - which broke her own national record (65.78 m) set 11 years ago on 17 July 2002. Her 66.28 metres was much better than her hitherto, 2013 best distance of 63.75m. She had never finished better than eighth place in the final in her four previous World Championships appearances. She became the first male or female French athlete to win a World Championships medal in the discus event. Right after securing the silver medal, she told a television interviewer, "I had been working hard a long time for this. Since the start of the season, I said that I wanted to climb onto the podium. Many people laughed at it and did not quite believe it. I have been waiting so long for this.” [1][2][3]

In December 2013, Robert-Michon was chosen as the 2013 French female athlete of the year, according to an Internet poll taken from the athletics fraternity, in which more than 2500 votes were cast over two weeks. The poll was conducted by the Fédération française d'athlétisme.[4]

On 25 June 2016, Mélina Robert-Michon won her 16th French National Discus Championship throwing 63.40m just in front of Pauline Pousse[5] then she finished fifth at the European Championships at Amsterdam with a throw of 62.47m, after having thrown 63.99m in the qualifying rounds (which would have been good enough for the bronze medal).[6]

On 16 August 2016, her fifth Olympic appearance was her best: 16 years after her first participation at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, she threw, at 37 years old, and won the silver medal, beating her French national record (66.73m), behind the Croatian Sandra Perkovic, who won the title. On the 27 August, Melina took 2nd place at the Meeting of Paris with a throw of 64.36m, then after that she took second place again, on the 1st September, at the Weltklasse Zurich (63.91 m), just behind winner the Sandra Perković of both competitions.[7]


Robert-Michon has a daughter named Elyssa, born on 24 August 2010.[8]

Results in international competitions[edit]

Note: Only the position and distance in the final are indicated, unless otherwise stated. (q) means the athlete did not qualify for the final, with the overall position and distance in the qualification round indicated.

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  France
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 2nd 55.01 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 29th (q) 47.88 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 8th 56.81 m
European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 12th 50.75 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 29th (q) 54.11 m
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 58.52 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Ottawa, Canada 3rd 56.81 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 20th (q) 56.22 m
Universiade Beijing, China 3rd 58.04 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 12th 54.92 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 11th 58.52 m
European Cup Florence, Italy 2nd 61.67 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 31st (q) 56.70 m
2005 Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 6th 51.80 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 17th (q) 53.77 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 11th 57.81 m
2008 European Cup Winter Throwing Split, Croatia 2nd 59.93 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 8th 60.66 m
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 1st 61.17 m
European Team Championships Leiria, Portugal 2nd 61.41 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 3rd 61.74 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 60.92 m
2012 European Cup Winter Throwing Bar, Montenegro 3rd 63.03 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th 60.41 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 5th 63.98 m
2013 European Team Championships Gateshead, England 1st 63.75 m
European Cup Winter Throwing Castellón de la Plana, Spain 2nd 61.26 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 66.28 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 2nd 65.33 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 10th 60.92 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 2nd 66.73 m NR


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