Lamote validates his ticket to Eugene

In an evening marked by four best world performances of the year, Rénelle Lamote achieved the minima in the 800m at the Rome meeting, counting for the Diamond League.

Rénelle Lamote will see Eugene well. Present in Rome to take part in the 800m of the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea, fifth stage of the Diamond League, the member of Paris Racing Mutliathlon was absolutely unable to cope with Athing Mu, victorious in 1’57”01, new best global performance of the year. But, with second place in 1’48”48, Rénelle Lamote did the minimum required for qualification for the world championships, held in Oregon next July. “I am very, very happy. I focused so much on my preparation and my warm-up then, having Athing Mu in front, leading the pace for the whole group, was a real luxurysaid the Habs after his race. I’m so proud of myself to finish second in these conditions, it was quite cold. In front of her home crowd, Elena Belló took third place (1’58”97). Another Frenchman present this Thursday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Louis Gilavert took 15th place in the 3000m steeplechase in 8’34”12, far behind Lamecha Girma (7’59”23), who relegated the competition to more than seven seconds.

Morris, Kimeli and Camacho-Quinn hit hard

A meeting in Rome which was marked by three other best world performances of the year. In the pole vault, Sandi Morris had no competition with a bar at 4.81m when Holly Bradshaw and Roberta Bruni failed at 4.60m. In the 5000m, Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli won in 12’46”33, improving the meeting record, after a duel with his compatriot Jaco Krop (12’46”79). Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, meanwhile, continues to progress in the 100m hurdles. The Puerto Rican won in 12”37, a new meeting record, ahead of Britany Anderson (12”50) and Nia Ali (12”71). In the process, the men’s 100m saw the Americans sign a hat-trick in the absence of Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who confided his uncertainty as to his date of return to competition. Fred Kerley equaled his best time of the season in 9”92 to edge Kyree King (10”14) and Cravant Charleston (10”17). Shericka Jackson, meanwhile, won the 200m in 21”91, a new meeting record, ahead of Elaine Thompson-Herah (22”25) and Dina Asher-Smith (22”27).

Tamberi beaten to the height

Another Italian hero in Tokyo last summer, Gianluca Tamberi could not do better than third in height with 2.24m. The Olympic co-champion with Mutaz Essa Barshim was dominated by JuVaughn Harrison and Norbert Kobielski, both at 2.27m but decided at trials. On the disc, Kristijan Ceh banged his fist on the entry table before going for the meeting record on his last attempt with 70.72m. The Slovenian is ahead of Lukas Weisshaidinger (68.30m) and Daniel Ståhl (65.87m). Malaika Mihambo (6.79m), meanwhile, had to bow at length to Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk, victorious with 6.85m on the penultimate try. Joe Kovacs, meanwhile, dominated the shot put contest with a throw of 21.85m on third down. The American beat Filip Mihaljevic (21.18m) and Konrad Bukowiecki (21.18m). The 400m saw Kirani James win in 44”54 ahead of Americans Vernon Norwood (44”81) and Michael Cherry (45”24) when the women’s 400m hurdles saw Femke Bol win in 53”02 ahead of Janieve Russell (54”18) and Anna Ryzhykova (54”50). Finally, in the women’s 1500, Hirut Meshesha won in 4’03”79.

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