It is difficult to break the world record on command. But that’s exactly what Sydney McLaughlin did Friday night at the Eugene Worlds. The American, a big favorite in the 400m hurdles, could have broken his world record because of his start to the season. The Olympic champion did it in style by grinding it out and pushing the limits of the imaginable for a lap of ten obstacles (50”68).
Behind him, Femke Bol (52”27) and Dalilah Muhammad (53”13) did not seem to run on the same court despite the big times.
Norman and Miller-Uibo in gold
This Friday night will also be the night of laps as there will also be two finals in the 400 m. Promised for a good future in 2019 but troubled by various injuries in recent times, the American Mike Norman (24) won his first major international title by winning in 44”29 after a good fight in the straight line Grenadian Kirani James, 2nd in 44”48 (4th world medal), while Briton Matthew Hudson-Smith took 3rd place in 44”66. South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, returning to the final of a major championship for the first time since the 2017 Worlds, finished 5th (44”97).
In the women’s, at the same distance, Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo lived up to her ranking as huge favorite and double Olympic champion to bag her first ever world title. She also set the world’s best time of the year at 49”11, ahead of Dominican Marileydy Paulino (49”60) and Barbadian Sada Williams (49”75). A 100% Caribbean podium!
The French 4×100 m in the final
Earlier, the 4x100m relays had already set the mood at Hayward Field, especially the American Noah Lyles, back in the stadium after his 19″31 the day before the 200m. The Americans did not hesitate to reach the final (37”87 in the semi-final with Coleman, Lyles, Hall and Bracy) such as Jamaica, Brazil, Great Britain and Canada.
A final, scheduled for the night of Saturday to Sunday, where we will find the team of France. Meba-Mickaël Zeze, Pablo Mateo, Ryan Zeze and Jimmy Vicault won their series in 38”09, first in Canada and South Africa.
In the women’s 4x100m semi-finals, there were no big surprises. The main contenders for the podium are the United States of Melissa Jefferson and Twanisha Terry, best time (41”56) ahead of Great Britain (41”99) and Jamaica (42”37), who reserve of its headliners. . Great performance from Spain (national record of 42”61) who took second place in its series ahead of Nigeria.
Sixth world final for Renaud Lavillenie
The strength of experience and habit. By crossing 5.75 m in his second attempt on the night of Friday to Saturday, Renaud Lavillenie reached the final of the World Outdoor Championships for the sixth time in his career. “I would have dreamed of having an easy competition but it is not always planned, the most important thing is that it goes.he answered. It was a bit of an emotional lift because I did a really good warm-up, and then the first test got me a little bit of it, then I had to fight. »
On the other hand, the adventure stopped there for Thibaut Collet and Valentin Lavillenie. The first-named failed three times at 5.75m, after clearing 5.65m, already in his third attempt. The youngest of the Lavillenies, hit in the tibia during the French Championships, did not pass the low bar, failing three times at 5.50 m.
No 800m final for Lamote
On the other hand, there is no final (at night from Sunday to Monday) for Rénelle Lamote in the 800 m. Despite being in good form after a great season, the double European vice-champion only finished sixth in the first semi-final in 2’00”86. On the other hand, it passed the favorites Athing Mu (1st in the 3rd half in 1’58”12), Kelly Hodgkinson (1st in the 2nd half in 1’58”51) and Mary Moraa (1st in the 1st half in 1 ’59”65).
Barbero retained the javelin title
Australia’s Kelsey-Lee Barber won the world gold in the javelin throw ahead of American Kara Winger and Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi. Barber, 30 and an Olympic bronze medalist a year ago in Tokyo, won with a best throw of 66.91m. Winger, he sent his javelin to 64.05 m in the final attempt, which generated a wonderful ovation from the public, and Kitaguchi to 63.27 m. The reigning Olympic champion, China’s Liu Shiying, finished at the foot of the world podium (63.25 m).