Published on June 19, 2022 at 12:18 a.m. – updated on June 19, 2022 at 12:25 a.m.
The Parisian stage of the Diamond League was an opportunity for Benjamin Robert, Cyréna Samba-Mayela and Jimmy Gressier to impress in a dense evening rich in performances.
French athletics had an appointment with the world leaders this Friday at the Stade Charléty. The only French round of the Diamond League, the Paris Meeting offered a gala poster. If Armand Duplantis did not make the trip, Renaud Lavillenie was present during the pole vault competition. With a bar at 5.80, the former world record holder only lost in practice against Ben Broeders while Thibaut Collet finished third (5.75m). Anthony Amminati finished at the foot of the podium (5.85m) quad Valentin Lavillenie and Baptiste Thiéry shared sixth place (5.65m). But the one who was probably the most anticipated was Cyréna Samba-Mayela. World champion in the 60m hurdles indoors, the Habs did not however manage to get on the podium in the 100m hurdles but achieves the minima for the world championships in Eugene in 12”76. Tobi Amusan, meanwhile, set a new African record in 12”41 to win ahead of Devynne harlton (12”63) and Cindy Sember (12”73). Laëticia Bapté, meanwhile, finished seventh (13”05). Benjamin Robert was the other satisfaction of this evening during the 800m. achieving the third best world performance of the year and the third best French performance of all time in 1’43”75, the Frenchman won ahead of Peter Bol, author of a new Oceane record (1′ 44”00). Gabriel Tual finished third with a personal best (1’44”23). Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, meanwhile, took sixth place (1’44”23).
Kwaou-Mathey shines in the 100m hurdles, Robert-Michon fails
In the 110m hurdles, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde did not pass the heats when Sasha Zhoya did not take part in the final for pain in the right meniscus after a series that allowed him to validate his place at the European Championships in Munich. A final that Devon Allen dominated in 13”16 ahead of Rafael Pereira (13”25) and Just Kwaou-Mathey, who broke his personal best (13”27). Mouhamadou Fall, meanwhile, did the same in the 200m where he took third place in 20”26. Luxolo Adams broke his personal best over the distance in 19”92 to beat Alexander Ogando, who broke his national record (20”03). Amaury Golitin took fourth place (20”52). On the occasion of the 5000m, Jimmy Gressier answered present with the fourth place in 13’08”75, a new personal best which assures him to see Eugene this summer. Selemon Barega gave his rivals no chance with a victory in 12’56”19, almost ten seconds ahead of his runner-up Thierry Ndikumwenayo (13’05”24). Among the main disappointments of this evening, we find Mélina Robert-Michon. With a best throw of 61.10m, she only takes ninth place in the disc competition, far from Valarie Allman, who broke the meeting record with a throw of 68.68m. On the 100m, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce held her rank with his best world performance of the year equaled and a new meeting record of 10”67. Daryll Neita (10”99) and Marie-Josée Ta Lou (11”01) complete the podium.
Ukraine in the spotlight
As a symbol, this evening began with a Ukrainian hat-trick at the women’s level. With the best world performance of the year (2.01m), Yaroslava Mahuchikh won ahead of Iryna Gerashchenko (1.98m) and Yuliya Levchenko (1.95m). Solène Gicquel finished 9th (1.88m) when Laureen Maxwell missed her three tries at 1.80m, her first bar of the competition. Amandine Brossier (51”78) and Shana Grebo (51”98) respectively finished 7th and 8th in a 400m dominated by Shaunae Miller-Uibo in 50”10 ahead of Natalia Kaczmarek (50”24) and Anna Kielbasinska (50”28). In the triple jump, Benjamin Compaoré finished eighth (16.43m) ahead of Melvin Raffin (15.77m) in a contest dominated by Jordan Diaz Fortun with 17.76m. Olympic champion in the 400m, Steven Gardiner held his rank and won in 44”21 while Loïc Prévot took sixth place in 45”94. In the javelin throw, Haruka Kitaguchi dominated the competition with a throw of 63.13m while Alizée Minard took ninth place with 56.21m on her first attempt. Finally, the women’s 3000m steeplechase saw Winfred Mutile Yavi beat her personal best in 8’56”55, the best world performance of the year, when Alice Finot finished 9th (9’38”46) ahead of Flavie Renouard (9′ 50”33). Kevin Mayer took part in a triathlon but quit after weight and length. A triptych won by Makenson Gletty (2584 points). The hammer throw competition saw Quentin Bigot finish third (78.12m) behind Wojciech Nowicki (81.25m) and Pawel Fajdek (80.11m). Alexandra Tavernier took fifth place in the women’s category with 68.22m while Rose Loga climbed on the podium (69.02m).
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