Promise made, promise kept for Frédéric Jean. The coach of the women’s team had challenged himself to run a marathon in case of individual medals at the Biathlon Worlds. After the two weekend charms of Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, Frédéric Jean has met his bet.
He had promised to run a marathon if his daughters won two individual medals at the world championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia. He kept his word. Frédéric Jean, the coach of the French women’s biathlon team, ran 42km195 around Lake Bled in Slovenia, a little over 7 laps of the lake.
The “fault” to Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet who won two medals this weekend, silver in the sprint and bronze in the pursuit. Shortly after 8 a.m. this Monday morning, a day without a race in these worlds, Frédéric Jean, 37, and former international biathlete therefore set off initially accompanied for a few kilometers by Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet to take on the marathon.
A challenge completed in three and a half hours
Other staff members and athletes such as Quentin Fillon-Maillet, Antonin Guigonnat or the world champion Emilien Jacquelin took turns to accompany him throughout his challenge which he finished in 3:34! The coach was congratulated on his arrival by several members of the France team including Antonin Guigonnat who had unearthed a construction site rubalise that he stretched between two posts with Anaïs Bescond as the finish line.
“It was no small challenge, hat off to the coach,” smiled the three-time Olympic medalist from Pyeongchang. The second week of the Worlds promises to be painful, muscularly, for Frédéric Jean who has not planned to give that in case of new medals.