Brice Etes took to the track Friday in the Men’s 800m. Along with Kevin Crovetto (Artistic Gymnastics) and Yann Siccardi (Judo), 32-year-old Etes arrived in Rio, Brazil on Saturday July 30 as part of the Monegasque delegate competing in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.
“Everything is going very well here in the Olympic Village. It was a little hard at first, with some minor problems with hot water, but everything was quickly repaired and soon forgotten,” Etes, 32, told the Monegasque Olympic Committee.
Commenting on the kindness of the volunteers, Etes added “The Olympic Village is nice, with its green areas and soothing views. Personally, with my injured Achilles tendon, I’ve been doing quite a bit of physio.”
The time difference poses no problem for Etes as he had already left for the US prior to arriving in Brazil. “I feel like I’m at an internship: I train, I eat and I sleep, there’s nothing else to do.”
Etes holds the national 800m record in Monaco with at time of 1:47,61, when he competed at the 2010 IAAF Diamond League at Stade Louis II, a stadium Monaco resident and Olympian Paula Radcliffe describes as “very special“. The World and Olympic Record for the event was set by Kenyan David Lekuta Rudisha 1:40.91 at the London 2012 Olympics.
Brice Etes competed Friday August 12 in the Men’s 800m, Round 1, Heat 2, finishing with a time of 1:50.40. Adam Kszczot of Poland won the heat at 1:45.83 and, along with Kenya’s Cheruiyot Rotich Ferguson (1:46.00) and Andres Arroyo from Puerto Rico (146:17), went on to qualify for the Men’s 800m Semifinal on Sunday.