Meet Chorzo: Armand Duplantis and Shelley Ann Fraser-Price on their way to Eugene’s worlds

Flawless Duplants

It wasn’t raining anymore when Armand Duplantis took off for his jump of over 6 metres, but it was still cold. so cold. Within 24 hours, the temperature rose from 32 to 16 degrees in Chorzow (Poland) where the first meeting after the World Diamond League took place on Saturday. Under these circumstances, and with the rain at the beginning of the meeting, we should not have expected miracles.

However, the world record holder in pole vaulting did the job. And more: he erased 6 meters on his first attempt, and 6.10 meters on his third. “I loved the way you 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 technically so good, I can’t complain. The playing field is really good. I don’t know a lot of places where I could have crossed 6.10m in these conditions. You exceeded my expectations.”

Jackson and Fraser Price without competition

After skipping the Commonwealth Games, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sherica Jackson competed in the 100m and 200m races, the distances at which she was crowned world champions a few days earlier.

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce got off to a better start than usual. Five steps later, she was already separated. Launched this way, it’s irretrievable and guaranteed to have a good time: at 10 inches 66 (+0.5 m/s), it’s a hundredth better than this year’s world best at a distance.

Sherica Jackson remained under threat from American Gina Brandini until 80m from the finish, but then broke the powder to cross the line at 21”84 (+0.2m/s), without being slightly worried by the return of Shauna Miller-Uibo (22”35) .

Paul and Hassan, the Dutchman at the top

Vice world champion in the 400-meter hurdles, Fimke Paul lined up in the 400-meter flat in Chorzo. The Dutch won with a time of 49″ 75, countering the return of Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek, who also fell under 50 seconds, in 49″ 86. This time from Paul sets a new record for the Netherlands. The young woman is clearly still on her way to Eugene.

Her compatriot Sivan Hasan had missed her worlds. Late in her preparation, Eugene left without the slightest charm (4th in 10,000 AD, 6th in 5,000 AD). During the 3000m race, on the wet Chorzo track, she regained her last speed to win at 8’39”27 ahead of Ethiopia’s Egjaeho Tai (8’40”14). “I still have my speed”She welcomed Hassan, who indicated that she would not participate in the European Championship in Munich (August 15-21). “There have been a lot of tournaments in recent years, and I have to take a break”I explained.

Thinking of Eugene

So shortly after Eugene’s Realms, we basically followed the champions, happy or unhappy, into the World Championships. Thus, after flying over the Eugene competition, Portugal’s Pedro Piccardo finished only second in the triple jump with a distance of 17.29 m (-0.6 m / s) ahead of Cuban Andy Diaz Hernandez (17, 53 m, zero wind). On the other hand, Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou won by beating everyone’s surprise in Eugene by 8.13 m (+0.6 m / s), but the length winner Wang Jianan was not there. Finally at 400 meters, as in Eugene, Kirani James could do nothing against American Michael Norman (44 “11 vs. 44” 55).

Miltiadis Tentoglou. (Alexandra Szmigel/Reuters)

French people in halftones

In the rain and in the cold it is always difficult to pole vault. It’s impossible in these circumstances to say anything about the performance of Thibaut Collet and Renaud Lavillenie who couldn’t clear the first bar at 5.53m and 5.63m respectively. It was also raining when Quentin Bigot set up in the hammer throwing area for a competition that collected the top four of Eugene Worlds.

Compared to this competition, Peugeot won third place by 78.83 metres, behind Poles Pawel Vajdijk (81.27 metres) and Wojciech Nowicki (79.19 metres) but ahead of Norway’s Evind Henriksen (78.48 metres). “I’m a little surprised, Meissen explains. I didn’t have a good week of training and Pierre Jean (Vazel, his coach) thought I would train around 76-77 metres. I was on the technical sensations for the 80m, but there was no physical. What’s good is that I’m close to Nowicki. Behind your grandfathers, we are all three in a pocket handkerchief. It puts me on the right path. »

For his part, Wilfried Happio finished third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 48.74 points behind Brazilian Alison dos Santos (47 x 80) and American Khalifa Rosser (48 x 30).

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