Cheptegei, Tola, what to remember from the third morning of the Eugene Worlds

10,000 m (H): Cheptegei retains its property

“It was a real championship race. » Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei sums up the 10,000m which saw him retain his world title in the distance. Together with his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo, Cheptegei took responsibility to lead the train from the 3,000 meters and launched a sharp attack at the bell.

Badly placed at this time, the Ethiopian Olympic champion Selemon Barega was never able to pass the great Ugandan and ended up finishing fifth. Cheptegei won in 27’27″43 ahead of Kenyan Stanley Mubru (27’27″90) and his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo (27’27″97). Frenchman Jimmy Gressier ranked eleventh in 27’44″55.

Marathon (H): Tola without rival

After the silver medal at the London Worlds marathon in 2017, Tamirat Tola won the marathon of those of Eugene. The Ethiopian dominated the event head and shoulders. He escaped shortly after the 33rd kilometer from a group that included his compatriot Mosinet Geremew, Belgian Bashir Abdi, three-time half-marathon world champion Geoffrey Kamworor and Canadian Cameron Levins.

Tola quickly took a 20-second lead and continued to increase his lead. In a race in which the Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge did not appear, he won the first major title of his career at the age of 30 in 2h5’36”, far ahead of his compatriot Geremew (2h6’44”) and the Belgian Bashir Abdi 2h6’48 “. Frenchman Hassan Chahdi ranks 17th in 2h9’20”.

Hammer (F): Andersen above the pack

Alexandra Tavernier had to feed some slight regrets in front of her television. Admittedly, her performances at the start of the season left her with little hope of shining at Hayward Field, but at her best (75.38 m), the European vice-champion would have been in the running for the podium. In a private contest of Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk and world champion DeAnna Price, victory went to American Brooke Andersen with 78.96m (6cm from her best), the throw she made on her last try then. that his victory was assured.

Tenth at the Games, the 26-year-old American is ahead of Canadian Camryn Rogers (75.52m) and her compatriot Janee Kassanavoid (74.86m). Appointment is made for Tavernier at the European Championships in Munich (August 15-21). The first European in Eugene will have been the Italian Sara Fantini, fourth with 73.18 m.

Heptathlon: Thiam starts very strong

Nafissatou Thiam has started the heptathlon of the World Championships well. After three events, the double Olympic champion is ahead of the marks of her personal best (7,013 points) and naturally finds herself leading the event with 3,127 points. The Belgian started her career superbly by bringing her personal best over 100m hurdles to 13″ 21 (+1.4m/s), then erasing 1.95m in height, failing three times at 1.98m.

In weight, Thiam made 15.03m on his last try. Note also the good start of the Dutch Anouk Vetter, second with 3,003 points. Defending champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Britain is seventh with 2,781 points.

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