Pichardo, Korir, Tsegay, Warner, surprises in the 4x100m relay: what to remember from the night from Saturday to Sunday in Eugene

Friday night ended with a fishtail for the American public at Hayward Field. The US men’s 4×100 m relay, consisting mainly of Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles, had to settle for the silver medal (37”55) behind Canada (37”48) of André de Grasse, the Great Britain (37”) . 83) completing the podium.

The French team, attractive in the semi-finals by winning their race, fell back into its trap with a bad handover between the first two torchbearers, Meba-Mickaël Zeze and Pablo Mateo. After getting the eighth and last place in 38”34, the tricolor relay was logically disqualified.

Without even a single podium in the individual sprint at these Worlds, a first in the competition’s history, the American athletes reacted well by winning the 4x100m final on Saturday ahead of the majors. Jamaican favorite. The shock trio of Thompson-Herah, Fraser-Pryce and Jackson was not enough against the enthusiasm of the locals, pushed hard by the Hayward Field crowd. Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner, Jenna Prandini and Twanisha Terry therefore offered their country gold in 41”14.

Jamaica, despite the excellent Shericka Jackson in the last position, failed in second place (41”18) and Germany got the first medal of the Worlds with bronze (42”03).

The Americans won the 4x100m in 41”14. (F. Faugère/The Team)

Korir is still gold in the 800m

After his seventh place at the Tokyo Olympics last year, Gabriel Tual earned a spot by finishing sixth in the 800m final at the World Championships in Eugene. The half-founder from Talence (Gironde) played his card perfectly but was stuck 200 m from the finish. He finished in 1’45”49 in the final won by Kenyan Olympic champion Emmanuel Korir in 1’43″71. Algerian Djamel Sedjati took silver in 1’44″14 and Canadian Marco Arop 3rd in 1’44″28.

Pichardo is harvesting

Pedro Pichardo easily knocked out the triple jump final. By landing 17.95 m (+ 0.3 m/s) in his first attempt, the Portuguese took a big step towards the gold medal, a year later winning the Tokyo Olympics. No opponent was able to do better, and with this best performance in the world of the year Pichardo climbed to the top step of the podium, followed by Burkinabé Hugues-Fabrice Zango (17.55m; +1 .4 m /s) and Yaming Zhu of China (17.31 m: -0.8 m/s).

The only qualified Frenchman, Jean-Marc Pontvianne had a tough competition as he bitten five of his six attempts. The only one measured, at 16.86 m (-0.7 m / s), got him the 8th place.

Crowned by Tsegay in the 5,000m, Hassan is still without a podium

Second in the 1,500m on Monday, Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay won the 5,000m on Friday. In a race that started at a very slow pace, the Ethiopians took matters into their own hands after a little discussion in the title race between Tsegay, 10,000m world champion Letesenbet Gidey and Dawit Seyaum . The pace finally picked up and only a few of them fought for the win in the last lap, in addition to the two Kenyans Beatrice Chebet and Margaret Kipkemboi, not forgetting the Dutch Olympic champion Sifan Hassan.

Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay won the 5,000m.  (F. Faugère/The Team)

Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay won the 5,000m. (F. Faugère/The Team)

The latter, who was returned this time, attacked 200 m from the line by breaking through the rope. Indoor world champion in the 1,500m this winter, Tsegay fought back to win after a controlled straight line in 14’46”29, ahead of Chebet (14’46”75) and Seyaum (14′ 47”36).

Fifth, Gidey was welcomed, when he crossed the line, by a supporter who entered the track with the flag of Tigray (autonomous province of Ethiopia), where he is from. Some spectators also showed their support for Tigray in the corridors of the stadium. Missing the podium in the 10,000m, Hassan placed sixth in 14’48”12.

Grenadian world champion Anderson Peters retained his javelin title with a throw of 90.54m ahead of Indian Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra (88.13m) and Czech Jakub Vadlejch (88.09m).

Warner retired, Mayer 6th

A dramatic change in the 400m decathlon, the final event of the first day, with the injury of Olympic champion Damian Warner. The Canadian, hit by the left leg, is then the leader of the general classification. Olympic vice-champion Kevin Mayer is in 6th position with 4372 points (32 points better than in Tokyo last year).

The Frenchman started his day well with 10”62 (0.8 m/s) in 100 m, 7.54 m (+1.1 m/s) in height before the wind hole in weight (14 . 98m). He recovered with 2.05m and finished his first 400m of the year in 49″40, which he found satisfactory. Puerto Rican Ayden Owens-Delerme, with an excellent 45″07 in the last event of the day , leading with 4606 points .

The two French relays in the 4x400m final

Both French 4x400m relays have qualified for Sunday’s finals, and their joy must be contrasted with Dutch disappointment. In fact, the French (Sokhna Lacoste, Shana Grebo, Sounkamba Sylla and Amandine Brossier) finished fourth in their semi-final first in 3’28”89 behind the United States (with A Felix), Great Britain and the Netherlands. But they benefited from the Batavian disqualification (stick dropped) to move up the ranks and qualify automatically. However, they still disappeared.

The men’s relay (Thomas Jordier, Loïc Prévot, Simon Boypa (replaced Ludovic Ouceni was initially planned but victim of hamstring discomfort) and Téo Andant) is also in the final, qualified on time after his 4th place in the semi-final in 3’03”13, for a hundred more than the Netherlands, fifth in another semi-final in 3’03”14.

The French, here Loïc Prévot and Simon Boypa, qualified in the 4x400m final.  (F. Faugère/The Team)

The French, here Loïc Prévot and Simon Boypa, qualified in the 4x400m final. (F. Faugère/The Team)

The Misadventures of Zagré

The heats of the 100 m hurdles took place in the morning in Eugene. Belgian Anne Zagré, 5th in 13″25 in her race, was hampered by the fall of American Nia Ali. After two calls from her Federation, she was allowed to run again in the afternoon, which alone, and needed to make 13”12 or less to advance to the semi-finals. He nearly won his bet but stumbled at the final hurdle, crossing the line in 14”09. moved Hayward Field. “I’m fine, I was in a hurry to get to the line and I forgot to pass the last hurdle correctly, he lamented. Running alone is great…but it just wasn’t my day. I will remember these Worlds! »

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