Pascal Martinot-Lagarde helped the French team to second in the standings behind USA at the end of the first day of Athletics World Cup action, powering to 110m hurdles victory in a dramatic race at the London Stadium.
Clocking a season’s best of 13.22 (+1.0m/s), the 26-year-old was one of four athletes to dip inside 13.40 and was pleased with his performance as another strong step toward the European Championships in Berlin, but there was disappointment for Britain’s Andrew Pozzi who crashed out after a good start.
Jamaica’s Ronald Levy was second in 13.30, while USA’s Devon Allen was third in 13.36 and South Africa’s Antonio Alkana fourth in 13.38.
“I feel very good because I got eight points for the French team,” said Martinot-Lagarde. “I did my best and it is special. You have to do the best performance for the team.
“It is is a good step for my season. I did a season’s best today so I’m really happy. I improve meeting after meeting and today is a little step in a good way for Berlin.”
Racing in lane three, the Frenchman was alongside world indoor champion Pozzi, who hit the third hurdle hard and couldn’t recover.
“My event is very dangerous, you have seen it with Andrew,” added Martinot-Lagarde. “He strongly touched the hurdle and it killed his race. I had to stay in my line and forget everything around me.”