After two exciting evenings at Hayward Field, the sixth session of the Worlds was calmer on Wednesday July 20 in Eugene. China’s Feng Bin created a sensation by winning the discus throw competition. In the 3,000m steeplechase event, the Kazakh favourite, Norah Jeruto, won by dominating the race from start to finish.
Chinese discus coronation
At 28, Feng Bin broke his personal best by more than three meters to win world gold. It is a throw measured at 69.12 meters that allows her to dominate the two great ladies of the discus throw: the Croatian Sandra Perkovic (2e with 68.45 meters), double world champion and double Olympic champion, and the American Valarie Allman (3e with 68.30 meters), Olympic champion in 2021 in Tokyo. The latter had dominated the balance sheets this year, improving her personal best with a throw of 71.46 meters.
France’s Mélina Robert-Michon, 43, had made it to the final but only threw three times, failing to place in the top eight. She finishes 10e with a throw of 60.36 meters.
Kazakh confirmation in the 3,000m steeplechase
In series, she had raised her arms by imposing herself as if she knew that she would be world champion a few days later. Norah Jeruto may have divinatory gifts or she may have enormous confidence in her potential.
The Kazakh, of Kenyan origin and authorized to represent her new country since this year, led the race almost from start to finish, running with an ultra-fast time of 8 minutes 53 seconds and 2 hundredths, the third best in history. Jeruto beat the two Ethiopians Werkuha Getachew and Mekides Abebe. She opens her international charts with this success in Oregon.
France’s Alice Finot, 31, took tenth place (9:21:40) in a race she could have finished in the top spots had she not crashed on the final hurdle, falling into the pool .
Since a meeting in Spain at the start of the season, she had broken the French record three times, the last time in series during her debut in her Worlds: 9 min 14 s 34.
Two French in the semi-finals of the 800 meters
Gabriel Tual, easy, and Benjamin Robert, on time, managed to climb to the final of the double lap. The first finished second in his series in 1 minute 46 seconds and 34 hundredths. The second had taken fourth place from his own in 1 minute 45 seconds and 94 hundredths. He was picked up on time. The first three in each heat and the next six best times qualified for the semi-finals.
Benjamin Robert experienced thrills. At the start, only seventh in the time of the non-qualified in the time of the six series, he finally benefited from the disqualification of an American competitor to win his ticket for the rest of the competition.
“It’s ‘pussy’he blurted out. I was not good and we will have to show another state of mind. We will have to take advantage of this chance. I think there will be nothing to lose. » The semi-finals are scheduled for Thursday evening. The final will take place on Saturday evening.
Return to the final for Wayde van Niekerk
The world record holder in the 400 meters (since the Rio Games in 2016) has made a comeback on the American track at the Worlds. He qualified by finishing 2e of its semi-final, with the fifth time of the eight finalists, for its first international final since 2017.
The South African had seen his ascent halted abruptly and for a long time by a serious knee injury five years ago. In the final on Friday, he will not start favorite against the American Michael Norman and the Grenadian Kirani James, triple Olympic medalist on the lap.
In the women’s category, the double Olympic champion, the Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, achieved the best time of the semi-finals in 49 seconds and 55 hundredths. She is the big favorite in the final.