Jimmy Vicaut
Men 100 m French Athletics Championships 2013 t164357.jpg
Vicaut at the 2013 French Championships
Personal information
Nationality France
Born (1992-02-27) February 27, 1992 (age 30)
Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight88 kg (194 lb)[1]
Event(s)60 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100m outdoor: 9.86 (Paris 2015, Montreuil 2016)

200m outdoor: 20.30 (Paris 2013)

60m indoor: 6.48 (Gothenburg 2013)

Jimmy Vicaut (born 27 February 1992 in Bondy, Seine-Saint-Denis) is a French sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 metres. His personal best of 9.86 in the 100 m is the joint second fastest time of any European athlete.


Vicaut was born to a French father and an Ivorian mother. He began athletics at the age of ten years and has specialized in the sprint. He won the bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Moncton, Canada and promptly travelled to Barcelona to help the French men's 4 x 100 metres relay team to the gold medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

Vicaut's junior personal best over 100 m, 10.07 seconds, is the fourth fastest time ever run by a European junior, behind only Christophe Lemaitre (10.04), Adam Gemili (10.05) and Dwain Chambers (10.06).[2]

At the French national championships in Albi on 29 July 2011, Vicaut finished second behind Christophe Lemaitre, tying his personal best of 10.07 sec. Lemaitre set a new French national record with 9.92 sec.[3]

At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Vicaut became only the second junior to ever run in a World Championship 100 m final, after Darrel Brown in 2003. Vicaut finished sixth with 10.27 sec, while his fellow countryman Lemaitre finished fourth with 10.19 sec.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Vicaut was part of France's 4×100 m relay team that claimed the Bronze medal.[4]

On 13 July 2013, at the French national championships in Paris, Vicaut won the title in 9.95 sec.,a personal best.[5]

At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Vicaut took part in three events—the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay. He was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100 and 200 metres events, while his relay team did not advance to the final from the heats.

In 2015, Vicaut equalled the European 100m record time of 9.86 that Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu had set almost 11 years before at the Olympic Games in Athens. That time also broke the French national record of 9.92 set by Lemaitre in 2011.

In June 2016, ahead of the Rio Summer Olympics, Vicaut equalled again his 9.86 time on the 100 metre dash at the Pro Athlé Tour meeting in Montreuil.[6]

His younger brother, Willy, also an athlete, competes in the shot put.[7]

Personal best

Distance Time venue
100 m (outdoor) 9.86 s Paris (4 July 2015)
Montreuil (7 June 2016)
200 m (outdoor) 20.30 s Paris (6 July 2013)
60 m (indoor) 6.48 s Gothenburg (2 March 2013)

Birmingham (15 February 2014)


  1. ^ a b Colineau, Stéphane (23 August 2015). "Les grands travaux de Jimmy Vicaut". Europe 1 le JDD (in French). Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  2. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (22 July 2010). "Williams wins European junior 100m gold". Athletics Weekly. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Another national record for Lemaitre – 9.92 in Albi – French champs, Days 1 and 2". IAAF.org. 30 July 2011.
  4. ^ "London 2012 4x100m relay men Results - Olympic athletics".
  5. ^ "Jimmy Vicaut nouvelle étoile du sprint français". Le Monde. 13 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Jimmy Vicaut equals European 100m record with 9.86 - global update - Athletics Weekly". Athletics Weekly. 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  7. ^ "Les frères VICAUT". Paris Avenir Athletic (in French). 18 December 2010.
Records Preceded by Francis Obikwelu Men's 100 metres European Record Holder 4 July 2015 – 1 August 2021(shared with Francis Obikwelu) Succeeded by Marcell Jacobs