Dimitri Bascou, long contacting the winner Omar McLeod, let go after a slight hit a hedge and eventually took third place in the Olympic final of the 100m hurdles, just behind the Spaniard Orlando Ortega. He became the second French ever to win an Olympic medal in the discipline after Guy Drut, consecrated in 1976 and silver in 1972. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde finishes him off the podium, as the Beijing world Championships last year.
McLeod, 6th of these Worlds, took advantage of the absence of some of the favorites ( Russian Sergei Shubenkov, suspended the international Federation or the American Aries Merritt, the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder but unable to qualify at the US) to easily impose this year in Rio. First man to run the 100m in less than ten seconds and the 110m hurdles in less than 13 seconds, he won at age 22 his first Olympic victory.