Since it began, the Furets d’Eiffage athletics club has welcomed disabled athletes of all levels. At this year’s meeting, it was proud to welcome two stars of the Para athletics circuit, Timothée Adolphe and Nantenin Keita.
In keeping with its tradition, at its latest athletics meeting on 11 November 2017 at Eaubonne (Val-d’Oise), the Furets d’Eiffage welcomed athletes with disabilities. The Furets d’Eiffage meeting is always held just before or after disability week. Able and disabled athletes of all levels come together during the meeting, which has received approval from the French athletics federation.
This year, athletes from the French Para sports federation ran a series of 60 metres events.
The highlight of the meeting was the presence of two stars of the Para athletics circuit, Timothée Adolphe and Nantenin Keita.
Both have impressive records. Timothée Adolphe, who is severely visually impaired, was bronze medallist at the 2013 and 2015 world championships, gold medallist at the 2014 and 2016 European championships in the 100 metres and 200 metres events, and holds the European record for the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres.
Nantenin Keita, who is visually impaired, was world 400 metres T13 champion in 2006, bronze medallist in the 400 metres at the 2008 Summer Paralympics (and holds the corresponding new French record) and 400 metres champion at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, and also won bronze in the 100 metres at the Summer Paralympics in 2012.
They received extra applause when they took part in the meeting that was charged with emotion.