Wilfried Happio was crowned the champion in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2022 French Athletics Championships on Saturday, but what happened before the race may have been more notable.
Wearing a bandage over his left eye after the assault, Happio coasted to victory in the event and finished more than a second ahead of runner-up Ludvy Vaillant. His time of 48.57 seconds was a personal best.
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"I don't want to dwell on it," Happio said of the situation (via Bailey). “We'll leave that to the competent people. To talk about the race, we worked a lot, we redid the music and that's it. The feelings were good. I'm glad I did this time. Physically I'm fine."
Happio can now race in the 2022 World Athletics Championships, which get underway July 15 in Eugene, Oregon.