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Athletics: Duplantis and Sidorova head in the clouds in Zurich


Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis (6.06m), close to the world record, and Russian Anzhelika Sidorova (5.01m) took pride of place at a gigantic festival during the Diamond League finals on Thursday.

Funny white sausages are dispatched to the lawn of the magnificent Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, drawing a smile from Armand "


" Duplantis about to set off for his winning jump at 6.06m. In the middle of these artificial clouds, the Swede had the more than 20,000 spectators to himself at the end of the meeting, the high point of the major circuit of athletics competitions. In the din, he narrowly failed to pass 6.19m to beat his own world record (6.18m in 2020). This pole vault prodigy, aged only 21, still showed why he had crushed the season with 10 wins (2 losses), eight competitions over 6 meters and a first Olympic title acquired in Tokyo a year ago. little over a month.

His opponents were strong (Sam Kendricks and Timur Morgunov passed 5.93m), but a tone below the new king of the pole, called to reign for many years. At the heart of an orgy of athletics (25 events in a little less than four hours), and in an unreal atmosphere compared to the closed door of Tokyo a month earlier, the female pole vault had started a little earlier to make Sparks. The Russian Anzhelika Sidorova became the 4th pole vaulter to do better than the symbolic height of 5 m by crossing 5.01m. Before her, only her compatriot Yelena Isinbayeva (world record at 5.06m in 2009) and the Americans Sandi Morris (5m in 2016) and Jennifer Suhr (5.03m indoors in 2016) had already exceeded 5 meters. "

I can't believe it, it's crazy!

I can't explain it because when I was warming up I didn't feel so good.

I am in good shape today, because I felt tired, it was hard.

I do not know what happened!

I think it's the public, it's great,

”she appreciated.

Elaine Thompson-Herah still under 10''70

On the straight line, Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah continued to trivialize the exceptional with a fourth fastest time under 10''70 this summer, a feat never achieved, after running in 10''61 in Tokyo at the Olympics, 10 ''54 in Eugene (2nd performance in history) on August 21 and 10''64 in Lausanne on August 26. In 10''65 (+0.6 m / s of wind), 10th fastest time in history, the reigning double Olympic champion in the 100m was well ahead of Britain's Dina Asher-Smith (10''87) on Thursday, in the absence of her great rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Only the world record of the sulphurous American Florence Griffith-Joyner (10''49 in 1988) still resists her. In the triple jump the Venezuelan Olympic champion Yulimar Rojas logically won with a try at 15.48m,close to his world record set in Tokyo (15.67m). For the first regrouping of the Diamond League finals on a single meeting, the organizers of Zurich provided the final show with a long lap of honor of the winners then a show-concert-fireworks including an astonishing piece of rap in Swiss-German.

Source: lefigaro

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