Patricia Girard

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Patricia Girard
Personal information
Born (1968-04-08) 8 April 1968 (age 53)
France Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb)
Country France
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  France
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta 100 m hurdles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Paris 4x100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1999 Seville 4x100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Athens 4x100 m relay
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1997 Bari 100m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 2001 Radès 100m hurdles

Patricia Girard (also Girard-Léno, born 8 April 1968 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe,[1]) is a French athlete who competed mainly in the 100m hurdles.


She competed for France in the 1996 Summer Olympics in the 100m hurdles where she won the bronze medal.[2] She also won a gold medal in the 2003 World Championships in Athletics held in Paris in the 4x100 m relay.[3]

Girard is the ex-wife of kickboxer Eddy Léno.

Drug suspension[edit]

Patricia Girard tested positive for the anabolic steroid Primobolan and was suspended for two years beginning on 17 March 1990.[4]


At the end of 2009, Girard and her companion Karl Taillepierre created a high-level group of athletes which she trained at the Combs-la-Ville track. This group named "Team Patricia Girard" became a legally independent association declared in the Prefecture of Seine-et-Marne in February 2012 with its registered office in Combs-la-Ville. Among these athletes are: Cindy Billaud (since October 2014), Alice Decaux (up to 2011), Adrianna Lamalle (up to 2012), Gnima Faye (up to 2012), Reina-Flor Okori, Rosvitha Okou, Cornnelly Calydon, Karl Taillepierre, Toumany Coulibaly, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Thomas Ravon, Mohamed Koné, Ronald Pognon and Leslie Djhone (since October 2014).

In 2013, Girard was elected Best European Coach of 2012

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  France
1988 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 10th (sf) 60 m 7.33
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 33rd (h) 100 m 11.65
7th 4x100 m relay 44.02
1989 Jeux de la Francophonie Rabat, Morocco 2nd 100 m 11.25
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.38
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 4th 60 m 7.19
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 16th (sf) 100 m 11.70
4th 4x100 m relay 42.85
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 8th 60 m 7.31
3rd 60 m hurdles 8.01
Mediterranean Games Narbonne, France 3rd 100 m hurdles 13.19
1st 4x100 m relay 43.55
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 14th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.03
4th 4x100 m relay 42.67
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd 60 m 7.19
6th 60 m hurdles 7.98
Jeux de la Francophonie Bondoufle, France 1st 100 m 11.46
1st 4x100 m relay 43.65
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th (sf) 100 m 11.58
4x100 m relay DQ
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 8th (sf) 60 m hurdles 8.061
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th (sf) 100 m hurdles 12.87
5th 4x100 m relay 43.35
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 1st 60 m hurdles 7.89
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 3rd 100 m hurdles 12.65
6th 4x100 m relay 42.76
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd 60 m hurdles 7.84
Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 1st 100 m hurdles 12.90
1st 4x100 m relay 42.63
World Championships Athens, Greece 3rd (sf) 100 m hurdles 12.682
3rd 4x100 m relay 42.21
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st 60 m hurdles 7.85
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 100 m hurdles 12.89
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 8th 100 m hurdles 12.97
2nd 4x100 m relay 42.06
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.98
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 21st (qf) 100 m hurdles 13.43
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 14th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.17
Mediterranean Games Radès, Tunisia 1st 100 m hurdles 12.82
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd 60 m hurdles 7.98
European Championships Munich, Germany 4th 100 m hurdles 13.03
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 8th 60 m hurdles 8.02
World Championships Paris, France 7th 100 m hurdles 12.83
1st 4x100 m relay 41.78
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 6th 60 m hurdles 8.04

1Did not finish in the final 2Disqualified in the final

National Championships[edit]


  1. ^ Auzias, D. (2008) Le Petit Futé Guadeloupe p.175. Petit Futé ISBN 2-7469-2264-9 (French) Retrieved January 2012.
  2. ^ Singh, H. (2004) 33 Olympic Games p.83. Discovery Publishing House ISBN 81-7141-764-7 Retrieved January 2012.
  3. ^ The Star, September 1, 2003, Golden Double for France Archived 2004-07-02 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 2012.
  4. ^ « Girard, le bronze pour rédemption. Suspendue 2 ans pour dopage en 1990, elle finit 3rd du 100m haies », Libération, 2 August 1996.

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