Meeting de Chorzow : Armand Duplantis et Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sur leur lancée des Mondiaux d’Eugene

Meeting de Chorzow : Armand Duplantis et Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sur leur lancée des Mondiaux d'Eugene

Flawless Duplantis

It was no longer raining when Armand Duplantis undertook his jumps of more than 6 meters, but it was still cold. Very cold. In 24 hours, the temperature had gone from 32 to… 16 degrees in Chorzow (Poland) where the first post-World Diamond League match was played on Saturday. In these conditions, with the rain that had fallen at the beginning of the match, we should not have expected wonders.

However, the pole vault world record holder got the job done. And even more: 6 meters cleared on his first attempt, 6.10 m on the third. “I liked the way I jumped today, but I don’t think I could have gone any higherhe said. He didn’t have enough speed for that. But the last test was very good technically, I can’t complain. The stadium is very good. I don’t know many where I could have passed 6.10m in these conditions. It exceeded my expectations. »

Jackson and Fraser-Pryce without rival

Having skipped the Commonwealth Games, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson competed respectively in the 100m and 200m, the distances over which they were crowned world champions a few days ago.

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce got off to an even better start than usual. After five strides, she was already separated. Launched like this, she is unrecoverable and ensures a good time: in 10”66 (+0.5 m/s), she improved by one hundredth of her best world performance of the year in the distance.

Shericka Jackson remained threatened by the American Jenna Prandini until 80 meters from the finish, but then she broke through the powder snow to cross the finish line in 21”84 (+0.2 m/s), without worrying in the least about the return by Shaunae Miller-Uibo (22”35).

Bol and Hassan, the Dutch at the top

Vice world champion in the 400m hurdles, Femke Bol lined up in the 400m sprint in Chorzow. The Dutchwoman won in 49.75, resisting the return of the Polish Natalia Kaczmarek, also under 50 seconds, in 49.86. This time from Bol constitutes a new record for the Netherlands. The young lady is obviously still on her way to Eugene.

His compatriot Sifan Hassan had missed his World Cups. At the end of her preparation, she left Eugene without the slightest charm (4th in 10,000m, 6th in 5,000m). During the 3000m, on the wet Chorzow track, she recovered her last burst of speed to win in 8’39”27 ahead of Ethiopian Ejgayehu Taye (8’40”14). “I still have my speed”welcomed Hassan who indicated that he will not participate in the European Championship in Munich (August 15-21). “There have been many Championships in recent years, I have to rest”She explained.

Thinking of Eugene

So shortly after the Eugene Worlds, we mainly followed the heroes, happy or unhappy, of the World Championships. Thus, after flying over Eugenio’s competition, the Portuguese Pedro Pichardo only took 2nd place in the triple jump with 17.29 m (-0.6 m/s) ahead of the Cuban Andy Díaz Hernández (17.53 m , zero wind). On the other hand, defeated to everyone’s surprise in Eugene, the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou prevailed with 8.13 m (+0.6 m/s), but his length winner Wang Jianan was not there. Finally over 400 m, as in Eugene, Kirani James could not do anything against the American Michael Norman (44”11 against 44”55).

Miltiadis Tentoglou. (ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL/Reuters)

French Halftone

In the rain and cold, it is always difficult to pole vault. In these conditions it is impossible to say anything about the performances of Thibaut Collet and Renaud Lavillenie who could not overcome their first bar at 5.53m and 5.63m respectively. It was also raining when Quentin Bigot set up shop in the hammer throw area for a competition that brought together the top four from Eugene Worlds.

Compared to this competition, Bigot gained a place by finishing third with 78.83m behind Poles Pawel Fajdek (81.27m) and Wojciech Nowicki (79.19m) but ahead of Norwegian Eivind Henriksen (78.48m). m). “I’m a little surprised, explains the Messin. I didn’t have a good week of training and Pierre-Jean (Vazel, his coach) thought I would do around 76-77 meters. He was in technical sensations for 80m, but the physical was not there. Good thing I’m close to Nowicki. Behind Fajdek, we are all three in a pocket square. He puts me on the right path. »

Wilfried Happio for his part took 3rd place in the 400 m hurdles in 48”74 behind the Brazilian Alison dos Santos (47”80), and the American Khallifah Rosser (48”30).

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