An exceptional final bouquet. The last night of the world athletics championships gave rise to an intense spectacle, Sunday July 24 in Eugene. The French delegation took advantage of this last stand to open its counter, by Kevin Mayer, and world records fell, especially in the pole vault. The point on this last night.
Kevin Mayer on top of the world
Better late than never. Kevin Mayer won gold in the decathlon, thus unlocking the counter of a French delegation hitherto empty-handed. The world record holder totaled 8,816 points, easily ahead of Canadian Pierce Lepage (8,701 points). Clumsy in the shot put, Mayer corrected the shot at the pole and then at the javelin throw, to clinch first place.
The Frenchman, already world champion in London in 2017, was helped by Damian Warner’s injury in the 400m event. The Canadian, reigning Olympic champion, was forced to retire when he was in the lead.
Armand Duplantis pushes his own limits
He is untouchable. “Mondo” Duplantis again broke the world record for the pole vault, passing a bar at 6.21 m. Thanks to this stratospheric performance, the Swede won his first outdoor world championship title. He disgusted his pursuers Christopher Nilsen and Ernest John Obiena, who passed the bar twenty-seven centimeters lower. Renaud Lavillenie came very close to getting on the box, finishing in 5th place with a jump of 5.87m, after having barely brushed the bar at 5.94m. “I am forced to have shared emotions. I am so far and so close, well above all so close”he regretted.
This new feat, when he already held the best mark, places Duplantis a little more among the legends of his discipline. The 22-year-old pole vaulter has completed an ever-increasing list of awards. In the past, he has already been crowned indoor world champion (2022), Olympic champion (2021), European outdoor champion (2018) and indoor champion (2021).
Tobi Amusan breaks 100m hurdles record
Duplantis does not have a monopoly on world records. Tobi Amusan also broke the 100m hurdles record, with a time of 12.12 in the semi-final. “06). But his time was not approved, due to too favorable a wind (2.5 m/s instead of the authorized 2 m/s).
“To be honest, I have confidence in myself but I didn’t expect a world record at these championships”said Amusan who equated his record to “a bonus”.
A 20th medal for Allyson Felix… without running
Even when she’s not racing, Allyson Felix finds a way to win. The 36-year-old legend, recalled in extremis for the women’s 4x400m relay, participated in the heats but let her young teammates compete in the final. He took it well, since the American relay won the gold medal.
This new charm brings the counter of the United States to 33 medals, including 13 titles, on these Worlds. Allyson Felix, for his part, obtained a twentieth career victory in the world championships. The sprinter has, if necessary, anchored her name a little more in the legend of athletics.