Men’s pole: where is Kendricks?
You have to dive to the 29th rank of the 2022 balance sheets to find there the trace of the double world champion Sam Kendricks, who jumped to 5.65 m at the beginning of April in Mississippi (The State, not the river). It’s even his only release of the season so far.
“I’ve done a lot of work in recent years, with more than 120 meetings or competitions, so I wanted to breathe a little, he assures. But I assure you, I feel stronger and faster than ever, and I have a world title to defend, in my country too! »
The one who had been deprived of the Tokyo Olympics after being positive for Covid a few hours before the competition will be opposed in particular to Mondo Duplantis, world best performer of the year with 6.01 m crossed on June 6 in Hengelo, but also Renaud Lavillenie , who reassured himself by passing 5.81 m on June 5 in Chorzow. His brother Valentin, also present this evening at the Bislett Stadion, will seek to pass the minima for the Eugene Worlds (5.80 m).
Mélina Robert-Michon would like to end the week with peace of mind. (J. Prévost/The Team)
The women’s stage in Oslo lacks headliners, but at least not in the discus event. The American Olympic champion and best world performer of the year (71.46 m), Valarie Allman, will thus be present and largely favorite, ahead of the Croatian Sandra Perkovic, titled at the two previous Olympic Games but who is struggling to challenge the leadership of her rival for several months.
For Mélina Robert-Michon, the Norwegian meeting will have a more modest objective: to achieve the minima for the Worlds, set by the FFA at 63.50 m. So far this season, the Rio Olympic vice-champion has not done better than 62.61m (May 29 in Vénissieux) and remains on a throw of 61.21m on June 2 in Montreuil. In Oslo or the day after tomorrow at Charléty, he will therefore have to do much better to have peace of mind.
All of Norway secretly dreams of a world record for Jakob Ingebrigtsen. (A. Mounic/The Team)
As the Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400m hurdles Karsten Warholm is absent due to injury (contracture or even tear in the hamstrings), the sold-out Bislett Stadion (15,400 spectators) will be even more happy than usual with the presence of the other Norwegian star, Jakob Ingebrigtsen. The young (21) Olympic champion and indoor world record holder in the 1,500m will try in the last event of the evening to improve on his best performance over the mile (3’47”24 last year in Eugene shortly after the Tokyo Olympics).
How low can the timer go? Hicham El Guerrouj’s world record (3’43”13 in 1999) for this mythical distance still seems very far away. But Sandnes’ machine has already burned so many steps. “It’s not really a short-term goal anyway, notes the Norwegian. I have to save a few seconds, and already think about the European record (owned by Steve Cram, 3’46”32 in 1985), we’ll see then! »
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