Who is the new sub-prefect of Le Havre, former athletics champion?

Le Havre has a new sub-prefect on Tuesday July 5, 2022. Gilles Quenehervé replaces Vanina Nicoli. Before becoming a senior civil servant, the new sub-prefect of Le Havre was a high-level athlete, holding the record at 200 meters.

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Just three months after Vanina Nicoli left for Rhône prefecture, Le Havre once again has a sub-prefect. Gilles Quenehervé was appointed to this position by an order from the President of the Republic published on Tuesday July 5, 2022 in the Official Journal.

In the Ministry of Sports

Gilles Quenehervé is currently the Director of Sports at the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports. A position he held for over three and a half years. Previously, he was the sub-prefect of Morlaix from May 2017 to December 2018, after becoming secretary general of the prefecture of Lot, sub-prefect of Cahors, but also chief of staff of the prefect of Côtes-d’Armor.

Before starting a prefectural career, Gilles Quenehervé, from 2005 to 2009, was a sports instructor at the Departmental Directorate of Youth and Sports in Val d’Oise, who oversaw the leading interior projects in the sports relations -companies.


In 1992, he created his own company, MIT Management, a structure involved in implementing public relations actions. Four years later, in 1988, Gilles Quenehervé joined the communications department of Sollac, a subsidiary of the Usinor Sacilor group.

A graduate of Claude-Bernard University in Lyon, and passed the Ena (National School of Administration) in 2011-2013 (promotion “Marie-Curie”), Gilles Quenehervé first achieved a career as a sportsman. , who then had full success in his professional retraining.

200 meter record holder

Born in 1966 in Paris, he was an athlete, specializing in 200 meters in the mid-eighties and early 2000s. During this sporting career, Gilles Quenehervé rose to the highest level in the world. in his discipline, such as 1987, where he ranked 4th at the European Indoor Championships in Liévin and at the World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis.

Gilles Quenehervé at the World Athletics Championships in Rome in 1987
Gilles Quenehervé at the world athletics championships in Rome in 1987 – AFP

That same year, on July 9, in Italy, he set a new French record for the 200 meters in 20”36, thus advancing two hundred to a second previous record by Pascal Barré from in 1979. At the world championships in Rome, he improved his own national record to 20’’31. A few hours later, he would lose hair to become world champion against American Calvin Smith.

A new life

The Seoul Olympics followed in 1988. Gilles Quenehervé ranked 6th in the 200 meters. His last selection for the French team began in 1997 for the world championships in Athens. Four years later, he ended his career and then began a new professional life.

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