On the ninth day of the World Athletics Championships, held in Eugene (Oregon), there were such relevant events as the women’s 35-kilometer walk, the men’s and women’s 4×100-meter relay, the men’s and women’s 400-meter final and Women’s 400m hurdles final.
Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay wins the women’s 5,000m
The Ethiopian athlete won a slow race (14:46 minutes) ahead of Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who has suffered from inactivity in recent months, where she has barely competed after recovering from an injury. Hassan spent a good part of the race at the back, conserving his power and trying to attack at the end, but his power let him down on the last straight. At the end of the test, a spectator with the independence flag of Ethiopia’s Tigray region jumped onto the track to hug Tsegay, a native of that area, and stadium security took him away.
Kenyan Korir wins the 800m
In a final without one of the three Spanish representatives, the Kenyan Emmanuel Korir passed his test with a mark of 1:43.71 minutes. Algerian Djamel Sedjati took silver (1:44.14 minutes) and Canadian Marco Arop bronze (1:44.28 minutes).
Pichardo takes over the triple jump right from the start
Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo didn’t have to wait long to make the jump that would catapult him to gold. On his first attempt, he jumped a stratospheric 17.95m, a mark that would never be surpassed. The same thing happened to Hughes Zango of Burundi, who turned his first vault into his best (17.55m) and it was silver. Bronze went to China’s Yaming Zhu, who jumped 17.31 m in his second jump.
Spain, fifth in the women’s 4×100 relay
The 4×100’s Spanish helpers played a big part in Oregon, finishing fifth in the world, their best historical classification, in a test that saw them break the national record again, leaving it at 42.58 seconds, three hundredths shy of it previous one. The women’s victory went to the USA, surprising the Jamaicans, who had made a triplet in the individual competition. A similar thing happened in the men’s, where Canada defeated the American team in the last breath.
USA top medal table, Spain 34th
The first World Championships on US soil will initially be held with a clear dominance of the North Americans, who lead the medal table with 28 medals: 10 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze medals. Ethiopia is second with 4 gold and 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. And Kenya, third with 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Spain occupies position 34 with two bronze medals achieved by Asier Martínez in the 110m hurdles and by Mohamed Katir in the 1,500m.
Today’s session, Sunday 24th, in Oregon:
This Sunday the focus is on the 35km walk where Marc Tur, Álvaro López and Miguel Ángel López will try to get closer to the medals. In addition, Jakob Ingebritsen and Joshua Cheptegei will fight for gold in the men’s 5,000m and Mondo Duplantis will be aiming for his first gold at an outdoor world championships, raising the bar for the world record. The full program of the day can be found here.