(SNO) – For the third time in its history, the Albi Stadium Municipal in the southwest of France hosted the French National Championships over the weekend.
Three days of elite competition concluded on Sunday, July 8, with two Saint Lucian athletes mounting the medal rostrum.
In the men’s javelin throw, Saint Lucia record holder Albert Reynolds represented Martinique club, ASCO Inter Atlas.
Jérémy Nicollin (Alsace Nord Athlétisme) had the best French performance of 2018, 73.86m, but Reynolds – a Commonwealth Games finalist earlier this year – threw 76.15m for gold.
Turning 30 this year, Reynolds warmed up for this month’s Central American and Caribbean (CACSO) Games by taking the lead on his opening effort, 75.45, remaining consistent with two more throws over 74m, and then launching his best attempt on his fifth and penultimate trial.
In the women’s long jump competition, Sandisha Antoine also repped ASCO. She too will compete at CACSO Barranquilla, Colombia, from July 19. At the French Championships, she came away with a season’s best mark of 6.33m to take second behind Rougui Sow (Stade Sottevillais 76*).
Sandisha’s leap was in fact her best since 2016, when 6.33m was also her season’s best. The 27-year-old hit 6.30 or better three times between qualifying and the final, where she edged Daniella Sacama-Isidore (Club Colonial) by one centimetre for silver.
In women’s triple jump, Sandisha did not do quite as well. Her season’s best of 13.04m got her into the final, but once there, she could manage only 13.00m to finish seventh.