Vincent Luis crowned world champion


A year from the Olympic Games, the Frenchman got his first World Championship title at Lausanne on Saturday, a first since Olivier Marceau in 2000.

The World with AFP Posted today at 16h25, updated at 16h35

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Frenchman Vincent Luis (yellow cap in the foreground) during the swimming event on Lake Geneva, Saturday, August 31.
Frenchman Vincent Luis (yellow cap in the foreground) during the swimming event on Lake Geneva, Saturday, August 31. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

At the age of 30, Vincent Luis won his first triathlon world title on Saturday (August 31st) in Lausanne (Switzerland), one year after the Tokyo Olympics, a first for a Frenchman since Olivier Marceau in 2000.

Luis took the 5e place of the grand final in Lausanne, a rank sufficient to win the world title now awarded for the entire season between March and September. He succeeds his training buddy, Spaniard Mario Mola, winner of the WTS in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Before 2009, the world title was played on a race of one day. Only a Frenchman had managed to win the world title, it was in 2000 and Olivier Marceau crossed the finish line in Perth (Australia), the year of the introduction of the discipline to the Olympic program.

Tokyo Games in sight

The coronation of Lausanne rewards an exceptional season for Vincent Luis, the most regular since he is engaged in the series of reference. He won in Yokohama (Japan) in mid-May on the Olympic distance, and took second place in Hamburg (Germany) sprint distance in July.

In teams, he concluded the tricolor relay (with Cassandre Beaugrand, Emilie Morier, and Leo Bergere) at the Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, bringing a second consecutive title to the Blues in this spectacular event that will make its appearance at the Games in 2020 in Tokyo.

As a little nod, it is under the windows of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), under the tutelary eye of the rings, that Vincent Luis conquered his world title. Because the Olympics 2020 is the next goal of his career, in a year in Japan, he who took the 11e place in London in 2012 and the 7e in Rio in 2016.

To reach this top level, the native of Vesoul has completely changed his training for nearly fourteen months, leaving Reims where he had taken up residence since the fall of 2012.

In June 2018, he joined Joël Filliol's training group, spending part of the year in Arizona at Flagstaff, at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. He meets the best triathletes in the world like Mario Mola, the Australian Jacob Birtwhistle or the Americans Taylor Spivey and Katie Zaferes.

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