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Yulimar Rojas and Ryan Crouser top attractions in Lausanne
August 24, 2021
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Yulimar Rojas becomes a legend

The brand-new Olympic triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas returned to action and had no major opposition in the Diamond League tournament held in Lausanne, triumphing with a mark of 15.11 meters in the shootout and with a meeting and circuito record, 15.52 m, in her previous attempts.

The Venezuelan, who had just won gold in the Japanese capital with a world record (15.67), did not disappoint the spectators who attended the Pontaise Olympic Stadium, since from the beginning she started with an impressive jump of 15,56 meters (although with a 3.5 wind) that heralded another great exhibition.

Rojas fouled in the second, but in the third he appeared with a 15.42 that became a meeting and Diamond League record, erasing the 15.33 of the Russian Tatyana Lebedeba, in force since 2004. In her fourth jump , that milestone fell again, with a 15.52 which is the second best mark of all time. Rojas refused to execute the fifth attempt and in the shootout she was more conservative: she scored a 15.11, which served to consolidate her superiority over Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts (who scored 14.52 in the sixth and decisive jump, but had previously achieved a windy 15.02) and the Israeli Hanna Minenko (12.62 in sudden death and 14.47 in the opening rounds).

“We are working to go even further, I feel that I can break the world record in Zurich (in the final of the Diamond League), and why not?, jump beyond 16 meters, I want to be the first woman to do it ”, declared the Venezuelan after her victory.

Rewriting history

The other great moment of the so-called Athletissima was the triumph of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in a new Jamaican plenary session on the podium of the 100 m sprint, but this time setting a new personal record, a 10.60 that becomes the third fastest time in history, second only to Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record (10.49) and the impressive 10.54 with which her compatriot, Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, won the Prefontaine Classic last week.

Thompson-Herah this time escorted Fraser-Pryce with 10.64 (the eighth fastest time ever), while third place was Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Shericka Jackson (10.92).

In the 110m hurdles, Devon Allen of the United States was the winner with 13.07 seconds, followed by Jason Joseph of Switzerland (13.11), Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France (13.17), the also American Daniel Roberts (13.23), and the Jamaicans Ronald Levy (fifth with 13.40) and Hansle Parchment (eighth with 13.58).

In the 200 m, the triumph corresponded to the American Kenneth Bednarek (19.65), followed by his compatriot Fred Kerley (19.77) and the Bahamian Steven Gardiner (20.11). The Canadian Aaron Brown, fourth with 20.18, and Dominican Yancarlos Martínez, fifth with 20.30, also stood out.

In the 400m hurdles, the victory went to Femke Bol from the Netherlands (53.05), followed by Shamier Little from the United States (53.78), the Ukrainian Anna Ryzhykova (54.32), the also American Dalilah Muhammad (54.50) and the Jamaicans Janieve Russell (54.89) and Leah Nugent (56.41).

In the 400 m flat, the Dominican Marileydi Paulino obtained a commendable title with a time of 50.40, ahead of Sada Williams from Barbados (50.77) and the American Quanera Hayes (51.06). Jamaica’s Candice McLeod finished in the fifth box with 51.26.

The Other Show: Ryan Crouser

In the shot put, Ryan Crouser of the United States prevailed with 22.64 in the shootout, after a 22.81 in the previous attempts that became a meeting record. He was escorted by Thomas Walsh of New Zealand (22.10) and Filip Mihaljevic of Croatia (20.36).

In the pole vault, Christopher Nilsen and Sam Kendricks (both from the US) dominated, with identical marks of 5.82, leaving World Athletics authorized Russian Timus Morgunov in third with 5.72. World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Armand Duplantis of Sweden finished fourth with 5.62, and fellow American K. C. Lightfoot was fifth with 5.52.

In the 800 m, Canadian Marco Arop (1:44.50) dominated, followed by Kenyans Emmanuel Korir (1:44.62) and Ferguson Rotich (1:45.48). In fifth place was Clayton Murphy of the United States with 1: 45.77.

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