Sydney McLaughlin has won gold in the 400m hurdles with a fabulous world record. The German women’s relay sprinted into the final, the men’s quartet experienced a bitter day. Hope Bo Kanda Lita Baehre trembled in the pole vault final. That’s how the eighth day of competition went in Eugene.
400 m hurdles: McLaughlin with fable world record
Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin (USA) secured the title over the 400 m hurdles with the first world record in Eugene. In an unbelievable 50.68 seconds, the 22-year-old undercut her previous record four weeks earlier at the same place by 73 hundredths. Silver went to Femke Bol from the Netherlands (52.27) ahead of defending champion Dalilah Muhammad (USA/53.13).
“It’s unreal,” said McLaughlin, who, in addition to the $70,000 bounty for World Championship gold, can look forward to a world record bounty of $100,000.
4×100 m relay women: Lückenkemper and Co. in the final
Tatjana Pinto, Alexandra Burghardt, Gina Lückenkemper and Rebekka Haase ran confidently into the final at Hayward Field – as third in their heat in 42.44 seconds. With the same cast but in a different order, the DLV quartet took fifth place at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I enjoy the curve,” said Lückenkemper, who had reached the semi-finals in the individual, in the sports show. “Let’s see what’s going on in the final.” Last runner Haase gave the route: “Now it’s full throttle.”
The US relay set the best time at 41.56 seconds, ahead of Great Britain (41.99) and Jamaica (42.37), although not yet their top runners Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah had in use. The finale will take place on Sunday (4.30 a.m. CEST).
4×100 m relay men: bitter end for DLV quartet
The German men’s quartet Kevin Kranz (Wetzlar), Joshua Hartmann (Cologne) Owen Ansah and Lucas Ansah-Peprah (both Hamburg) finished fourth in the first heat on the inside lane in 38.83 seconds after Japan and Nigeria were disqualified. But that wasn’t enough to get ahead.
Hartmann had to slow down at the first change. “Maybe I started a bit too early. We gave everything from lane one, there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Hartmann. With this line-up, the squadron pushed the German record down to 37.99 seconds at the beginning of June.
World association changes setting system at short notice – DLV objection rejected
Annoying: Because the world association had changed the setting system for the heats just two days before the competition (not only relay times but also individual times were counted), the German men’s quartet, which was now classified worse, had to compete on lane one, which in the narrow stadium from Eugene walking even more uncomfortable than it already is. As the German Athletics Association (DLV) announced, he had lodged an objection to the “short-term and not clearly transparent” change. This was rejected.
Pole vault qualification men: Lita Baehre and Zernikel in the final
Hopeful Bo Kanda Lita Baehre has reached the pole vault final after a nail-biting match. The fourth from Doha 2019 jumped 5.75 m in the third and last attempt. Because after that there were only twelve jumpers in the competition, the qualification was ended – actually 5.80 m was required. In addition to Lita Baehre, Oleg Zernikel also made it into the decision on Monday (2.25 a.m. CEST, live on the first).
The World Championship debutant from Landau left a strong impression and jumped all heights including 5.75 m without a failed attempt. Torben Blech (Leverkusen) failed three times because of his step-in height of 5.30 m and was thus also eliminated from qualifying in his third major global championship after the 2019 World Cup and the 2021 Olympics.
Top favorite Armand Duplantis (Sweden) only needed two jumps for the successful qualification, the 22-year-old mastered 5.65 and 5.75 m in the first attempt. The world record holder, Olympic champion and European champion is only missing the world championship title in his collection.
400 m men and women: Norman and Miller-Uibo win world titles
US sprinter Michael Norman and Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas secured the titles over 400 m. Olympic relay champion Norman prevailed on Friday in 44.29 seconds, Miller-Uibo scored a high-class 49.11 seconds. Kirani James (Grenada/44.48) won silver behind Norman, who brought the world title back to the USA via the stadium round for the first time since 2013. Bronze went to Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith (44.66). World record holder Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa) came in fifth.
Behind Miller-Uibo, for whom it was the first World Championship title after silver in 2015 and 2019 over 400 m and bronze in 2017 over 200 m, Marileidy Paulino (Dominican Republic / 49.60) won silver as at the Olympics. Bronze went to Sada Williams (Barbados/49.75). Defending champion Salwa Eid Naser (Bahrain) was out due to a doping ban.
35 km walk women: Second gold for Peruvian
In 2:39:16 hours, Kimberly Garcia Leon secured the second title win in Eugene with a clear lead. At the first World Cup decision in Eugene, the Peruvian had won her country’s first track and field medal. “I’ve always dreamed of making history in a sport that I’ve been passionate about since I was five,” said Garcia Leon.
Also historical: As in the 20 km, Katarzyna Zdzieblo from Poland (2:40:03) and the Chinese Olympic champion from 2012, Shijie Qieyang (2:40:37), also won silver and bronze again. This has never happened before at the World Walking Championships in Athletics.
Javelin final women: gold for Barber – fox only twelfth
Kelsey-Lee Barber has defended her world title. With the annual world record of 66.91 m, the Australian Kara Winger from the USA (64.05) and the Japanese Haruka Kitaguchi (63.27) referred to the silver and bronze ranks. Olympic champion Liu Shiying (China) was only fourth.
Annika Marie Fuchs (Potsdam) only came in twelfth place. The 25-year-old threw 56.46 m, missing three and a half meters for the final battle of the top eight. The best performance of the German runner-up is 63.68 m (2019). “It’s incredibly disappointing. You throw further than that in every training session,” said Fuchs. European Champion Christin Hussong (Zweibrücken) canceled her start at short notice.
800 m women semi-finals: Hering and Kolberg eliminated
The German champion Christina Hering and World Cup debutant Majtie Kolberg missed the 800m final on Monday (3.35 a.m., CEST, live on the first). Despite a courageous race, Hering finished last in her run (2:01.57). Kolberg sold dearly and finished sixth in her race (2:01.36). “In the end I was still missing a few grains, I hope that they will come at some point. But overall I’m super happy,” said Kolberg.
Fastest in the semifinals was Olympic champion and top favorite Athing Mu (USA/1:58.12) ahead of Olympic silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson (Great Britain/1:58.81). Defending champion Halimah Nakaayi (Uganda) surprisingly dropped out.
Short farewell: Felix runs in the 4×400 m relay
The most successful track and field athlete in World Championship history is making her comeback just eight days after what was supposed to be her last race at a major event. Allyson Felix will start on Sunday night (2.10 a.m. CEST) in the preliminary heat for the USA 4×400 m relay. “The coaches asked if I was available and there was no way I would let the team down,” the 36-year-old said, according to the AP.
Felix has won 19 medals at World Championships in her career and stood on the podium at a total of 30 World Championships or Olympic Games. On the first day of the World Championships in Eugene, she won bronze in the 4×400 m mixed relay and was then celebrated and said goodbye to the great sympathy of the spectators.