Eugene (dpa) – At the end of the eighth day of competition there was the first world record at the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene – and what a record.
In 50.68 seconds, American Sidney McLaughlin won the gold in the 400-meter hurdles. For Germans, there are the following disappointments in the US – but for change, there are also some bright spots.
Pole vaulting, men:
5.75 meters were necessary for the finals – World Cup fourth and German champions Bo Kanda Lita Baher on the third attempt and Oleg Zernickel as the best player in his group both jumped from that height. On the other hand, Torben Blech was suspended at an entrance height of 5.30 meters. When it comes to medals Monday night (2:25AM CET/CET), Olympic and European champion Armand Duplantis of Sweden is the man to beat – if that’s possible. Defending champion Sam Kendricks will miss the World Cup due to injury.
4 x 100m, for women:
The German quartet with Tatjana Pinto, Alexandra Burghardt, Gina Lokenkemper and Rebecca Haas finished third in the preliminary heats with a time of 42.44 seconds and rushed for the medals Sunday evening (4.30am CST/ZDF). In the same race, only four women from Great Britain sprinted in 41.99 seconds and Jamaica in 42.37 seconds. With a winning time of 41.56 seconds in the second half, the United States confirmed its gold-medal claim in the final.
4 x 100 metres, for men:
The German men’s relay with Kevin Kranz, Joshua Hartmann, Owen Ansa and Lucas Ansa-Pebra failed in the first two club changes and finished in 38.83 seconds. Germany was ranked fourth after Japan and Nigeria were excluded, but that was not enough to advance. The four runners in this lineup improved the German record to 37.99 seconds in Regensburg at the beginning of June. The American relay was fastest in 37.87 seconds and is the favorite in Sunday night’s final (4:50AM CST/ZDF).
Javelin throwing, women:
Annika Marie Fuchs finished 12th and last in the final. The 25-year-old from SC Potsdam did not cross 56.46m with her first three throws, thus staying well short of her season best of 61.06m, which would have sufficed for three more attempts. As in 2019, Australian Kelsey Lee Barber won the world title with a throw of 66.91 metres. Kara Winger of the United States took the silver in the last attempt and threw a 64.05-meter throw that celebrated the entire stadium. Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi won bronze with a record of 63.27 metres.
800 metres, women’s:
Neither Majtie Kolberg nor Christina Hering were fast enough to enter the final. Kohlberg crossed the finish line in 2:01.36 minutes, Hering was third in the slowest three semi-final runs after 500 metres, but was last at the finish line after 2:01.57 minutes. Olympic champion Athing Mo of the USA, as the fastest sprinter with a time of 1:58.12 minutes, left no doubt about her role as a favorite in Monday night’s final (3.35AM CST/ARD).
400 metres, women’s:
Two-time Olympic champion Shauna Miller Uibo of the Bahamas won the world title for the first time after a silver medal in 2019 in Doha. She was 49.11 seconds, her best time of the season. Miller-Uibo was 0.49sec faster than Marillidi Paulino of the Dominican Republic. Bronze went to Sada Williams of Barbados.
400 metres, men:
Olympic champion Michael Norman also won the world title. Driven by the raucous spectators at Hayward Field, he defended his lead right at home and was first after 44.29 seconds. Grenada’s Kirani James took the silver by 0.19 seconds, while Britain’s Matthew Hudson Smith took the bronze.
400m hurdles, women’s:
Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin won her first world title with a stunning world record time of 50.68 seconds. The 22-year-old American broke her old record by 0.73 seconds. And the silver went to Dutchman Vimke Paul with a time of 52.27 seconds. American Dalilah Muhammad won the bronze with a time of 53.13 seconds. This was the first world record at a World Cup Final. McLaughlin received a $70,000 bonus for world championship gold and an additional $100,000 for the world record. I have now ran five of my six best times ever recorded in the 400m hurdles.
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