Polish hammer thrower Pawel Fajdek won the world title for the fifth consecutive time, making history. The 33-year-old beat compatriot Wojciech Nowicki (81.03), who won Olympic gold last year, in the final in Eugene/Oregon on Saturday with a jump of 81.98m. Bronze went to Norwegian Eivind Henriksen (80.87). Only the exceptional Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt had previously won four world titles in a row in the 200m (2009 to 2015 in the 200m). German starter Tristan Schwandke was eliminated in qualifying on Friday.
Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey took gold in the first race of the World Championships. The 29-year-old world record holder claimed the annual world record of 30:09.94 over 10,000m in a thrilling photo finish ahead of defending champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya (30:10.02). The bronze went to their compatriot Margaret Kipkemboi (30:10.07). Germany’s top runner Konstanze Klosterhalfen will only compete in Eugene in the 5000m. Thus, no German athlete was at the start of the 25 laps of the stadium.
Steeplechase runner Gesa Felicitas Krause has just qualified for the final
Double European jumping champion Gesa Felicitas Krause qualified for the World Cup final by a hair’s breadth. On Saturday morning local time, the 29-year-old from Trier finished seventh in the second and advanced very quickly in 9:21.02 minutes – with a lead of eight hundredths of a second, that was enough for the final ticket.
The first three of the three heats and the next six best athletes qualified for the final on Wednesday (7:45 p.m. local time / 4:45 p.m. CEST on Thursday). “I’m really proud of the race, I can’t rally at the moment,” Krause said on ZDF.
Lea Meyer’s appearance in the World Cup preliminaries was spectacular. After just 400 meters, the 24-year-old Cologne got stuck on an obstacle with her spikes and fell headfirst into the moat. She got up and finished eighth in 9 minutes and 30.81 minutes, but did not qualify for the final. “I didn’t approach the obstacle aggressively enough,” Meyer said of the reason for the hard fall. “It was stupid and boring.”
The fastest was Kenya’s Norah Jeruto, representing Kazakhstan, who clocked 9:01.54 minutes in the first race. Krause had won bronze in 2015 in Beijing and in 2019 and in Doha at the World Championships. In 2017, she remained in top form without a medal after a fall in the final.
Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch missed the high jump final
Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch, third at the European Championships, missed the high jump final of the World Championships. The 31-year-old set a personal best for the season with a jump of 1.86 meters on Saturday, but did not make the top twelve. Triple jumpers Neele Eckhardt-Noack and Jessie Maduka as well as hurdler Gregor Traber missed entry into the next round at the first world championships in the USA with their performances.