The suspense remained almost complete until the end of the heptathlon. Already crowned in 2017, the Belgian Nafissatou Thiam regained the title which had eluded her in 2019 thanks to an 800m of fire allowing her to erase her delay in the classification on the Dutchwoman Anouk Vetter, ending in agony 7 seconds behind. her rival, who “only” had to take back 1”40 from her.
On the verge of exhaustion after the line as at each end of the campaign, the two adversaries still found some strength to congratulate each other, to the applause of the public, aware of having witnessed a superb duel. Applause which also went to the American Anna Hall, winner of this 800m and bronze medalist.
The 3,000m steeplechase saw the very convincing victory of Moroccan Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali, who finished solo in the home stretch (8’25”13), ahead of Ethiopian Lamecha Girma (8’26” 01) and the Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto (8’27”92). Mehdi Belhadj, for his first Grand Final, took 13th place in 8’34”49.
Third title in a row for Barshim
The height competition was very spectacular and for the third time in a row, it crowned the Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim, who won by clearing 2.37 m, the best world performance of the year, pushed to his limits by the South Korean indoor world champion Sang-hyeok Woo (2.35m) and the Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko (2.33m). Olympic co-champion in Tokyo with Barshim, the Italian Gianmarco Tamberi took fourth place (2.33 m).
The session ended with the great success of the Kenyan Faith Kipyegon in the 1500m, adding to an already rich record of two Olympic titles and a world title over the distance. This time, she won in 3’52”96 ahead of the Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay (3’54”52) and the British Laura Muir (3’55”28), the trio started very quickly with the Ethiopian Freweyni Hailu.
Rojas still alone in the world
The success of Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas in the triple jump should have been a formality given her ultra-dominance in the discipline for several seasons. By flying at 15.47 m (1.9 m/s) on her second attempt, the Olympic champion stunned the competition and signed a new world best performance of the year.
Here she is with a third outdoor world title, after those of London in 2017 and Doha in 2019. “Yuli” could not be engaged over the length during these Worlds because she had used her triple points (at the sole too thick to be legal in length) on the day of his qualification jump. She will content herself with a new title in “her” specialty, leaving her Jamaican runner-up Shanieka Ricketts (14.89m) and the third, the American Tori Franklin (14.72m) at a very respectable distance.
The favorites pass the 200m series without worry
Over 200 m, the big favorites passed the obstacle with confidence: Noah Lyles was the fastest (19”98), Erriyon Knighton also impressed with his ease before decelerating (20”01) and Fred Kerley (20”17), also winner of his race, seemed to have recovered from his big night on Saturday and his 100m title.
On the other hand, André de Grasse, the Canadian Olympic champion on the half-lap, withdrew during the day, still out of form after a positive Covid test a few weeks ago. He was eliminated in the 100m semi-finals.
Mouhamadou Fall took 5th place in 20”83 of his series won by the Dominican Alexander Ogando in 20”01 (+ 0.5 m / s), and disappears from the start. Under the threat of suspension for alleged breaches of his anti-doping location obligations, Fall had nevertheless been aligned by the FFA in the 200m but will not take part in the 4x100m series, because a subsequent suspension would invalidate the result of the Blues.
On the same distance on the women’s side, the Jamaican trio on the podium the day before in the 100m (Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah) were able to recover from their emotions without shaking. The three passed the first lap, Jackson taking care not to brake too early like in Tokyo last year where she was eliminated from the start.
This time, she won her series in 22”33. As for Fraser-Pryce, she found the time to put her hair extensions back in place after a few meters of running… Note also the good impression left by the American Abby Steiner (22”26), while the Nigerian Aminatou Seyni set the best time in these series in 21”98, a new national record. Forfeit, the Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou did not start her race.