Athletics – Letzigrund regained his light clothing
– The Letzigrund has found his clothes of light
After the cancellation of the meeting last year; the Weltklasse celebrated with great fanfare its return to the limelight.
For the Weltklasse; it was a form of rebirth. After having known the pains of the total cancellation in 2020; due to the health crisis; the historic meeting found its bright clothes on Thursday night. «Athletics is back home»; wejournaltimeed Sebastian Coe; the head of the IAAF; at the opening of the evening. No less than 23 Olympic champions from Tokyo participated; ajournaltimepanied by 12 Swiss qualified for the main program; a sign of the good health of Swiss athletics. All topped off with a gigantic menu: 25 Diamond League finals won in about three hours ofjournaltimepetition.
IN This unprecedented density; for the last match of the season; the athletes offered fireworks to the Letzigrund crowd. No world record; but tons of best performances of the season; as rich and loaded as they have been so far; and strong emotions. IN start with Lmea Sprunger. It was their last Diamond League encounter; as a farewell evening for this Zurich audience: the Vaudoise didn’t really make it out; much to their dismay. Very popular since the beginning of its 400meters hurdles; elle He finished the race in eighth and last place. «I did everything wrong; from the first to the last‘last hedge; it hurts»; he breathed; before breaking down in tears under the sustained ovation of the stadium.
In the highly anticipated 100women’s meters; the Swiss; double finalist in Tokyo; responded again. Mujinga Kambundji and Ajla Dthe Ponte ran side by side; like the whole season; with the Bernoise’s personal mark (10*94). The Ticinos (10*93) even had the luxury of climbing to the third step of the podium; behind the untouchable Elaine Thompson-Herah (10*65; match record).
«To be third in a race like this; at home; again under 11seconds; that’s great; Del Ponte breathed. The emotional charge that the public brought me; it helped me a lotme. Despite this long season; I feel that I can still bear fruit; it is positive in the management of my performances; I see that I am making progress there too.» The fastest Swiss in history will end her extraordinary 2021 exercise at home at the Bellinzona meeting on 14September.
Kambundji close to record
For Kambundji; the evening was not over. An hour later; at the beginning of the 200meters; her true favorite discipline; she «failed» just one hundredth behind a new Swiss record (22*27). The Bernoise however took a very good fourth place. «I felt good; I wanted to make this album here; but now; very bad; he explained. One day it willjournaltimee; I have this album on my legs; that’s for sure. it was a great night; j‘You have an incredible level and consistency at the highest level; it is a great feeling to be so confident in your abilities.»
Waited for 110hurdles; after his Swiss record (13*12) set in August at La Chaux-de-Fonds; Jason Joseph suffered a cruel elimination even before the race. A false start that says a lot about the balois’s desire to do well; but also says a certain nervousness during big events; he who had missed the Tokyo Olympics.
The Warholm party
International reach; the Zurich meeting was able to experience athletes in their prime; as in their prime. Despite accumulated fatigue; Karsten Warholm found the strength to go for victory over 400meters with hurdles and the ajournaltimepanying diamond. «It’s party time now»; slipped the Norwegian; world record holder in Tokyo.
IN perch; women and men also did the job. The Russian Anzhelika Sidorova crossed a bar of 5.01meters; personal best and best performance of the season; not far from Yelena Isinbayeva’s world record (5.06meters); established during the same Weltklasse in 2009. Armand Duplantis; for his part; broke the match record by crossing 6.06meters The Swede; visibly tired after a season in which he attempted the world record in almost all his outings; resorted to his last resources to delight the public and still tickle a 6.19 barmeters; tired without success.
At the beginning of the evening; and as usual; the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas put on the show in the triple jump. Already leggy at Athletissima; he set a new meeting record Thursday night by jumping to 15.48 meters; relegating thejournaltimepetition to almost a meter.
Florian Müller is responsible for the sports section of Matin Dimanche. After studying Literature at the University of Geneva; he has been a journalist within the Tamedia group since 2010