Injured Lemaitre out of European track championships

Christophe Lemaitre has been ruled out of next month’s European Athletics Championships with a hamstring injury. (AFP pic)

PARIS: France’s reigning Olympic 200m bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre has been ruled out of next month’s European Athletics Championships with a hamstring injury.

Lemaitre, a four-time European gold medallist, pulled up in the 100m of Saturday’s Diamond League meet in Paris, clutching his leg and falling to the track.

A scan revealed a torn muscle in his right hamstring, the French federation said, ruling him out of both the national championships and the August 7-12 Euros in Berlin.

The news capped a bad day for France athletics after Yohann Diniz, a three-time European 50km race walking champion, also withdrew from a trip to the German capital through injury.