Diamond League: Lamote and Happio shine, R.Lavillenie and Robert-Michon miss each other

The sixth stage of the Diamond League took place this Thursday in Oslo, and the French present had various successes. Mondo Duplantis, Devon Allen and even Jakob Ingebrigtsen ignited the stadium, despite the rain.

Between Rome last Thursday and Paris this Saturday, the Diamond League put down its suitcases on the side of Oslo this Thursday, for the sixth stage of the season, and one month before the world championships in Eugene in the United States, the athletes climb in power. Despite the rain which greatly disrupted the evening, many performances were there. Even if on the French side, we could have hoped for better. Bronze medalist at the last Olympics in the 100m, the Canadian André De Grasse won the main event of this meeting, in a time of 10″05, his best time of the season. Briton Reece Prescod and South African Akani Simbine complete the podium. Highly anticipated after setting the third fastest time in history on Sunday in New York (12″82) over 110m hurdles, the American Devon Allen did indeed win in Oslo, but he could not do better than 13″22. The only Frenchman in the running, Wilhem Belocian had to stop his race due to a thigh injury. Worrying one month from the Worlds…

Duplantis and Ingebrigtsen ignite the public

Scandinavia at the top of the pole vault competition! Huge favorite, the Swede Mondo Duplantis won, despite the rain, with a jump of 6.02m, the meeting record (which he held with 6.01m) and the best world performance of the year. But the surprise came from the two Norwegians Sondre Guttormsen and Pal Haugen Lillefosse, who finished on the podium with jumps at 5.80m. Renaud Lavillenie finished fifth with a bar at 5.60m, failing at 5.86m with a big scare, as he came dangerously close to the post holding the bar, and even touched it with his hand as he descended. His brother Valentin failed his three attempts at 5.40m.

The long jump competition, for its part, was won by the Greek Miltiadis Tentoglou with a leap to 8.10m on his third try. In the 400m hurdles, the Brazilian Tokyo bronze medalist Alison Dos Santos won without problem, in 47″26, while the Frenchman Wilfried Happio (23) signed a very good third place, in 49″01, a personal best. The triple Olympic medalist Kirani James meanwhile won the 400m in 44″48. The 5000m saw Ethiopia take the top three places, with the victory of Telahun Bekele in 13’03″51, ahead of Samuel Tefera and Getnet Wale. Finally, the mile test allowed this meeting to end in apotheosis, with the victory of the Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen in 3’46″46 in front of his audience. He beat the Norwegian record, the meeting record (held by Hicham El Guerrouj since 1997), the best world performance of the year and the Diamond League record.

Still no minima for Robert-Michon

On the women’s side, much was expected of discus thrower Mélina Robert-Michon, still looking for the minimum (set at 63.50m) for the Worlds in Eugene next month, but the soon-to-be 43-year-old athlete did not was able to do better than 58.70m on her fourth attempt, which places her in seventh position, far from the queen of the discipline Sandra Perkovic (66.82m). It went better for her compatriot Rénelle Lamote, already qualified for Eugene, who finished third in the 800m in 1’58″50, behind the British Keely Hodgkinson (1’57″71, best of her season) and Laura Muir .

The queen event on the women’s side was not a 100m but a 200m, and it was the scene of a big surprise, with the victory of the Dane Ida Karstoft in 22″73, a new national record and his personal record. Briton Beth Dobbin and Dutch Jamile Samuel follow in the standings, while young Frenchwoman Gémima Joseph (20) finished seventh in 23″88. Femke Bowl meanwhile impressed in the 400m hurdles, beating the meeting record, which dated back to 1997, and her season record, in 52″61. In the 5000m, Ethiopia scored a hat-trick, with the victory of Dawit Seyaum in 14’25″84 (personal best) ahead of Gudaf Tsegay and Letesenbet Gidey, at the end of a race that saw Karoline Grovdal break the Norwegian record and Laura Galvan break the Mexican record. The weight contest was won by the American Chase Ealeyvice-world indoor champion this year and author of her personal best with a throw of 20.13m, ahead of Jessica Schilder, who broke the Dutch record (19.46m).

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