He showed up in Eugene (Oregon) with dizzying ambitions, admitting to aiming for the gold medal of these Worlds for his first big meeting among seniors. On arrival, Sasha Zhoya (20 years old), diminished by pain in an Achilles tendon that appeared during the series, had taken the door even before the semi-finals. Very disappointed, the great hope of the 110m smiled again on Wednesday in Monaco, where he competed in his eighth race since he no longer plays for juniors. Ladji Doucouré’s protege wanted to reassure himself after his failure at the Worlds, especially with the European Championships looming next week in Munich. Mission accomplished for the one who has won everything among the juniors and holds the world record in the category over the distance (12”72). The young Franco-Australian-Zimbabwean athlete certainly had to settle for fifth place in this meeting on the Diamond League calendar and won in 12”99 (second world performance of the year) by the best planetary scientist Grant Holloway.
Zhoya: “Improving my start and my first four hurdles”
With a time of 13″21, Zhoya achieved the second fastest time of his career, just after his 13″17 at the French Championships last June. The little prodigy wanted to reassure himself, so he succeeded. For his greatest pleasure. “It’s a good race, a good little time, I’m happy. I wanted to be with the guys, I was. Physically, it’s reassuring, I have no tendon pain. I did a rather clean race, I felt that my body was good, we will just try to keep the same state of form for the European championships to play for the medal there”, admitted the young Habs afterwards to our colleagues from L’Equipe. And this time, in Munich, if no injury thwarts his plans again, he could very well afford his first senior podium. Especially if he corrects his start to the race, which made him wince on Wednesday evening. “There are things to improve, like my start and my first four hurdles. To get the medal in Europe, we will have to correct that.”