The discus throwers also missed the long-awaited first medal for the German team. Gesa Krause and Konstanze Klosterhalfen shed bitter tears. This is how the sixth day of competition at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene went.
Discus women’s final: Vita in fifth place
In the discus final, Claudine Vita came in as the best of a trio in the surprise victory of the Chinese Bin Feng with 64.24 m and a respectable fifth place – the best German Eugene result so far. The Neubrandenburg native was more than four meters away from bronze. She was still satisfied: “I finally wanted to be in the top eight. A lot of the load fell off,” she said.
For the three-time European Championship third Shanice Craft and the Olympic silver medalist Kristin Pudenz it was already over after the first three throws: Craft was ninth with 62.35 m and was one centimeter short of participating in the final battle. After a throw of 59.97 m and two invalid attempts, Pudenz only came eleventh out of twelve starters and was “just disappointed”.
Krause last in the obstacle final
Gesa Krause experienced a pitch-black evening in the final over 3,000 m obstacle. In what was by far the fastest race in the history of the World Championships, she had no chance from the start and took last place in Norah Jeruto’s (Kazakhstan/8:53.02) victory in 9:52.66 minutes. The third place in the 2019 and 2015 World Championships, who had to struggle with long-term health problems during the season, was already unable to keep up with the extremely high pace of the field in the second lap and ran far behind the penultimate athlete.
Despite the big gap, the two-time European champion showed sportsmanship and bravely fought her way to the finish. Participating in the final, which she had managed to do by a hair’s breadth, was a success for her this year, but she was bitterly disappointed: “It’s frustrating, I probably wouldn’t have finished at any other race. I had super heavy legs and basically zero stake in the race.”
5,000 m women: Vorlauf-Aus for Klosterhalfen
She fought, she tormented herself, but on the last three laps over 5,000 m “it just didn’t work anymore”. For Konstanze Klosterhalfen, the dream of taking part in the final near her adopted home of Portland has burst. The 2019 World Championship third was in third place for a long time, but then collapsed in the heat from Eugene and finished eighth in her heat, completely exhausted.
“That was the toughest lap I’ve ever run,” admitted “Koko”, who burst into tears in the Sportschau interview. For the first time in her career she thought about giving up. In the end, Klosterhalfen finished 19th overall in 15:17.78 minutes. Almost 17 seconds were missing to progress. In mid-June in Oslo she ran 14:37.94 minutes. After that, however, she was slowed down by a corona infection – possibly also the reason for the problems in her World Cup race.
Benfares suffers heat exhaustion
Alina Reh, fourth at the European Championships, performed well in tenth place (15:13.92) in the second heat, but was also eliminated. Sara Benfares from Rehlingen, 18th in the same race (16:34.23), collapsed at the finish and had to seek medical treatment. The German Athletics Association (DLV) announced a little later that she suffered a heat collapse due to the extremely high temperatures.
Javelin throw women’s qualification: fox in the final
The German runner-up Annika Marie Fuchs reached the javelin final. With her best throw of 59.36 m, the Potsdam native fell well short of the required qualification distance of 62.50 m, but still made it into the top twelve for the final on Saturday (3:20 a.m. CEST) in ninth place.
The athletes struggled with the tailwind at Hayward Field in the prelims. Only three starters exceeded the required qualification distance, including Olympic champion Shiying Liu (China), who achieved the best distance of the day with 64.32 m.
800 m men heats: Reuther eliminated
Marc Reuther started his lead over 800 m quickly, but fifth place and 1:50.75 minutes were clearly not enough for the Frankfurter to make it into the semi-finals.
Men’s 400m semifinals: Will Norman finally win the title?
Michael Norman (USA) set the fastest time of 44.30 seconds in the semi-finals, which were packed with big names over the stadium loop. The year’s best finally wants to make a big title perfect on home soil. He was also the favorite at the 2019 World Championships and at the Olympics in Tokyo, but went home without a medal.
400m women’s semifinals: Miller-Uibo reaches for gold
The two-time Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas is still missing something in her collection: she has already won three world championship medals over 400 m, but never gold. It might work this time. In the semifinals, she set a season best of 49.55 seconds and set the fastest lap of the competition, despite slowing down drastically on the home stretch. The biggest challenger is once again Olympic bronze medalist Marileidy Paulino (Dominican Republic/49.98).
400m hurdles women semifinals: McLaughlin is ready
The Olympic champion and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of the USA also tumbled to the finish in the 400 m hurdles semifinals, but posted the fastest time of the intermediate heats in 52.17 seconds. European record holder Femke Bol from the Netherlands, who won bronze in Tokyo, also made it through with a top time (52.84). The defending champion and Olympic silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad (USA) set a season best of 53.28 seconds. It’s ready for the finals on Saturday (4:50 a.m. CEST)!
World Champion Kerley does not compete in relay races due to injury
For 100m world champion Fred Kerley, the world championships ended early. So the 4×100 m relay takes place without him. As the US news agency AP reported, citing his agent, Kerley suffered a thigh muscle injury in the 200m semifinals. But even without the 27-year-old, the USA have one of the nominally strongest teams for the season.