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Athletics is back; Yulimar wins and Cheptegei breaks record


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Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas celebrates after winning the triple jump of the Diamond League in Monaco, on Friday, August 14, 2020

Matthias hangst

The resumption of athletics after the long suspension due to the coronavirus on Friday led to another victory for Yulimar Rojas and a new record of 5,000 meters.

Rojas fell far short of his best marks, but this was enough to win the triple jump test in the Diamond League match in Monaco. The Venezuelan achieved a jump of 14.27 meters in her best performance – her personal best outdoors was set last year, with 15.41.

The Venezuelan star, favorite to take gold in the Olympic Games that were postponed to next year in Tokyo, beat the Bulgarian Gabriela Petrova, who registered 14.18 meters, and the Portuguese Patricia Mamona who jumped 14.08.

After the break, it was striking that a world record set 16 years ago was broken.

Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei was the big star of the Diamond League event, winning the 5,000 meters in 12 minutes and 35.36 seconds to surpass the world record that had been in effect since 2004.

Some of the best athletes demonstrated in Monaco on Friday what their sport has missed in the season’s biggest international outdoor events due to the pandemic.

In addition to the record, the eighth fastest time of all time was recorded in another test. A teenager ran to establish a European brand. And there were several world-class performances.

“Monaco is a special place and it is one of the places where I could beat the record,” said Cheptegei, who has trained this year in Uganda and not in Europe.

The American Noah Lyles, world champion in the 200 meters, came as the biggest attraction and had the best time of the year to win in 19.76 seconds.

World champion Karsten Warholm asked the Monaco promoters to add the 400-meter hurdles event. The Norwegian athlete found a sponsor to cover the costs and it paid off by equaling the eighth best mark in history. He finished with a time of 47.10 seconds.

Another young Norwegian, 19-year-old Jakob Ingebrigsten, set a European record in the 1,500 meters with 3: 28.68 minutes – 0.13 seconds faster than Britain’s Mo Farah at this very spot in 2013.

Among the best times in the world in 2020, world champion Donovan Brazier finished in 1: 43.15 minutes in the 800 meters. He was 0.08 seconds ahead of his compatriot American Bryce Hoppel.

Armand Duplantis of Sweden won the pole vault with a mark of 6.00 meters – 18 centimeters below the world record he set in February. His main opponent, American world champion Sam Kendricks, had to withdraw because his pole did not reach.

Up to 5,000 fans with social distancing were allowed to enter the stadium, which has capacity for 16,000 people. The shortened Diamond League circuit will continue on August 23 in Stockholm.




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