Philippine Daily Inquirer

FRENCH DIVER LAUGHS OFF ‘FUNNY’ FALL IN FRONT OF MACRON

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French internatio­nal diver on Friday laughed off an embarrassi­ng mishap in front of President Emmanuel Macron which saw him fall on the diving board and crash into the water at the inaugurati­on of the aquatics center for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Alexis Jandard, a two-time world championsh­ip minor medalist, has won widespread praise on social media for gamely mocking his own misfortune rather than silently retreating into a corner.

Jandard, performing a synchroniz­ed routine on the 3 meter board with two other divers during the ceremony, lost his footing while jumping, landed painfully on the board on his back and bottom and then splashed into the water.

“I am fine really! It’s superficia­l although it looks impressive on the images,” Jandard told BFMTV after waking up to discover Thursday’s mishap had become a viral meme overnight.

“The fall was ridiculous ... it’s part of the game. If I look at the fall it’s funny.

“It’s something that happens to us in diving—not regularly but it’s not surprising. It happens in training sometimes, in competitio­n. But there it was in front of the president during the inaugurati­on of the pool. I told myself it was the worst moment!”

All is well

He said he had received a message from the president and the Minister of Sports Amelie Oudea-Castera had phoned him to ensure all was well.

Of the Olympics he added: “The objective is clear to get on the podium.”

France’s national police force, for whom Jandard works as a reservist, posted a video recorded a few days ago showing “our policeman” taking a colleague diving.

“People are talking about Alexis Jandard after a slight incident...” it said. “Fortunatel­y all is well with him,” the police said on their official X account.

Jandard had on Thursday evening already taken to Instagram with a smilesfill­ed video, telling followers they deserved a “little debrief” and acknowledg­ing he had “fallen in front of the president of the republic, in front of all of France.”

“Have a laugh at me, because frankly I deserve it,” he said.

Jandard is to compete in Paris in the 3 meter synchroniz­ed event.

 ?? —AFP ?? MOST MEMORABLE French diver Alexis Jandard, who has qualified for the Paris Games, falls during a diving demonstrat­ion, as President Emmanuel Macron inaugurate­s the Olympic Aquatics Center for the Paris 2024 Olympics in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on April 4.
—AFP MOST MEMORABLE French diver Alexis Jandard, who has qualified for the Paris Games, falls during a diving demonstrat­ion, as President Emmanuel Macron inaugurate­s the Olympic Aquatics Center for the Paris 2024 Olympics in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on April 4.

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