Despite difficult conditions, Armand Duplantis improved on his mark of the world’s best pole vault performance of the year, winning the contest with 6.02m. The Swedish prodigy won in a competition where Renaud Lavillenie finished 5th, crossing 5.80 m. His brother Valentin failed at 5.40m, while American Sam Kendricks finally withdrew for knee pain.
“I badly managed the long wait during the downpour”
” It was still the lottery, a frustrating contest with the weather. I’m 5.60 m, I’m quite happy, it’s rather encouraging, in addition with a pole on which I recently made 5.80 m, so I had good feelings. But I badly managed the long wait during the downpour. I didn’t manage to get back into it at 5.80 m, and on the attempts at 5.86 m, I don’t feel like I’m out of it and I’m missing a little something on takeoff. I also had Paris on Saturday in the back of my mind, where the conditions will be totally different “said Renaud Lavillenie after the event.
A record Ingebrigtsen
The other big man of this evening is none other than the Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen. The young Olympic champion in the 1500m (21 years old) broke his own record by more than a second, in 3’46”46.
The favorites generally did not have a too hectic evening. If Devon Allen did not force to win the 110m hurdles in 13”22, despite the personal best of Asier Martinez in 13”30, Andre de Grasse achieved the best time of his season on 100m, in 10”05. Kirani James won the 400m in 44”78, while Miltiadis Tentoglou beat Sweden’s Montler and Switzerland’s Ehammer in the long jump, jumping to 8.10m.
Among the ladies, Femke Le Bol also set her best time in 2022 (52”61), thus beating the 25-year-old meeting record held by Deon Hemmings, more than two seconds ahead of Anna Ryzhykova (54”81 ) and Jessie Chevalier (54”84).
Joseph and Happio on the podium, disappointment for Robert-Michon
Among the other Habs engaged on Thursday, Renelle Lamote took third place in the 800m, in 1’58”50, behind the two Britons Laura Muir (1’58”09) and Keely Hodgkinson (1’57” 71).
“It’s frustrating because I’m not aggressive enough”
A result that does not satisfy the native of Coulommiers: “ I’m disappointed, it’s frustrating because I’m not aggressive enough, I’m too soft with my opponents, I feel it in the last corner. I should have jostled when the girls overtook me. I finish strong, I feel strong, so by staying in contact, I could have done something nice. But 3rd in a Diamond League is not bad”. Same place for Wilfried Happio over 400m hurdles (in 49”01, personal best), during a race won without surprise by the Brazilian Alison de Santos (47”26).
More complicated evening for Gémina Joseph, seventh in the 200m in 23”88 and Wilhem Belocien, who stopped halfway over 110m hurdles. ” I broke down a bit and felt something in my hamstring, I didn’t want to take any risks because it’s an important week. I preferred to let go and go see the staff to see what exactly was going on. We are not alarmed “, he reacted, hot.
Finally, on the discus, Mélina Robert-Michon only finished seventh with a throw of 58.70 m, far from the minima for the Worlds, set at 63.50 m. We will have to wait at least until the Paris meeting on Saturday evening to see it reach this mark.
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