05 JAN 2011 General News Karlsruhe, Germany

Lemaitre signs up for Karlsruhe 60m

Christophe Lemaitre of France wins the 100m at the IAAF / VTB Bank Continental Cup in Split (Getty Images)Christophe Lemaitre of France wins the 100m at the IAAF / VTB Bank Continental Cup in Split (Getty Images) © Copyright
Triple European sprint champion Christophe Lemaitre of France will be among the headliners in the 60m dash at the BW Bank Meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 13 February.

The BW Bank Meeting is the fifth meeting in the IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting 2010 series.

Lemaitre's appearance follows a sensational breakout 2010 season in which the 20-year-old joined the 100m sub-10 club, first with a 9.98 clocking to take the national title, and then again with a 9.97 clocking in Rieti to end the season as the French record holder. Lemaitre took gold in the 100, 200m and 4x100m Relay at the European championships in Barcelona last summer to become the first man to win three gold medals at the same championship.

Lemaitre will enter the indoor season with a 6.55 career best over 60m from last year. The Karlsruhe meeting record of 6.45 was set in 2005 by his compatriot Ronald Pognon whom Lemaitre succeeded as national 100m record holder.

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