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Chorzow meeting: Armand Duplantis and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on their way to the Eugene Worlds

Impeccable Duplantis

It was no longer raining when Armand Duplantis set off for his jumps over 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 meeting was being played on Saturday. In these conditions, with the rain that had fallen at the start of the meeting, we shouldn’t have expected wonders.

Yet the pole vault world record holder did the job. And even more: 6 meters erased on his first try, 6.10 m on his third. “I liked the way I jumped today, but I don’t think I could have gone any higherhe said. I didn’t have enough speed for that. But the last test was very good technically, I can’t complain. The stadium is really good. I don’t know many where I could have passed 6.10 m 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 were respectively engaged 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 detached. Launched like this, it is irretrievable and assured of a good time: in 10”66 (+0.5 m/s), it improved by one hundredth its best world performance of the year over the distance.

Shericka Jackson remained under threat from the American Jenna Prandini until 80 meters from the finish, but then she broke the powder to cross the line in 21”84 (+0.2 m/s), without being the least bit worried by the return of 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 flat in Chorzow. The Dutch won in 49”75, resisting the return of the Polish Natalia Kaczmarek, also down under 50 seconds, in 49”86. This time of Bol constitutes a new record of the Netherlands. The young woman is obviously still on her way to Eugene.

Her compatriot Sifan Hassan had missed out on her Worlds. Late in her preparation, she left Eugene without the slightest charm (4th in 10,000 m, 6th in 5,000 m). During the 3000m, on the wet track of Chorzow, she regained her final burst of speed to win in 8’39”27 ahead of the Ethiopian Ejgayehu Taye (8’40”14). “I still have my speed”welcomed Hassan who indicated that she would not participate in the European Championships in Munich (August 15-21). “There have been a lot of Championships in recent years, I have to take a rest”she explained.

Thinking of Eugene

So soon after the Eugene Worlds, we mainly followed the heroes, happy or unhappy, of the World Championships. Thus, after flying over the Eugene 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 Diaz Hernandez (17, 53 m, zero wind). On the other hand, beaten to everyone’s surprise in Eugene, the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou won with 8.13 m (+0.6 m / s), but his winner of the length 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 people in halftone

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

Compared to this competition, Bigot won a place finishing 3rd with 78.83m behind the Poles Pawel Fajdek (81.27m) and Wojciech Nowicki (79.19m) but ahead of the Norwegian Eivind Henriksen (78.48m) . ” I’m a little bit surprised, explains the Messin. I didn’t have a good week of training and Pierre-Jean (Vazel, his trainer) thought I would do around 76-77 meters. I was on technical sensations for 80 m, but the physical was not there. What is good is that I am close to Nowicki. Behind Fajdek, we are all three in a pocket handkerchief. It puts me on the right track. »

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

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