Christophe Lemaitre, born June 11, 1990, in Annecy, France, is a French sprinter, who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres.

Lemaitre is the French 100 m and 200 m record holder with a time of 9.92 seconds and 19.80 seconds and is the first person of European descent to break the 10-second barrier in an officially timed event.

Lemaitre grew up in the town of Culoz, where he practiced handball, rugby and football, before his speed was discovered. In 2005 at the age of 15, during national sprinting events, Lemaitre ended up with the fastest 50 metres in the country.

At the age of 20, Lemaitre won the 100 m, 200 m and the 4×100 m relay titles at the 2010 European Championships, the first French sprinter ever to triple, making him the fastest man in Europe.

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