The World Championships in Athletics in Eugene has started. High jumper Mateusz Przybylko trembled in the final of the top twelve. Kimberly Garcia from Peru took the first gold. The competition day in summary.
20 km walk: Saskia Feige from Leipzig in 15th place
Peruvian Kimberly Garcia beat Poland’s Katarzyna Zdzieblo (1:27:31) and China’s Qieyang Shijie (1:27:56) in the heat of Eugene in 1:26:58 to win the first medal in of World Cup history for their country. The two-time German champion Saskia Feige took a good 15th place after 1:32:12 hours. “My goal was to be among the first 20 starters,” said the Leipzig native. She finished eleventh at the 2019 World Cup in Doha and had to give up early at the Olympics in Tokyo.
High jump: European champion Przybylko in the final
European Champion Mateusz Przybylko had to tremble in the qualification down to the last jumper – only then was it clear that his 2.25 m were enough to move into the final of the top twelve. “I’m so happy. Today was my lucky day,” said the man from Leverkusen. “But there’s more in the final. Definitely.” Tobias Potye, German champion together with Przybylko, dropped out. The man from Munich, whose personal best is 2.30 m, only crossed 2.21 m.
Hammer throw: Off for Schwandke and probably also Borutta
Tristan Schwandke was also over in the hammer throw qualification. The 30-year-old German runner-up, who had been nominated at short notice, was 22nd with a jump of 72.87 m. Pawel Fajdek from Poland entered the final with the best performance. The defending champion was the only competitor to balance his equipment over 80 m (80.09). m). Olympic champion Wojciech Nowicki followed with 79.22 m.
In the women’s category, Samantha Borutta’s 67.48 m was far from her personal best (72.14 m). “I had imagined throws over 70 m. It was missing a bit of everything,” said the World Cup debutant, who was eliminated in the end without a sound. “But for the European Championships in Munich, I’ll take the experience from Eugene with me.”
Mixed relay: Germany misses 4x400m final
At the end of the first day of competition (4:50 a.m. CEST), the final of the 4×400 m mixed relay is about medals – without the DLV quartet. In their heat, Patrick Schneider, Corinna Schwab, Marvin Schlegel and Alica Schmidt only managed 3:16.80 minutes and twelfth place overall. “It’s a shame, we had planned more,” said Schwab.