The World Athletics Championships set two more world records on the final day. The record of pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis did not come out of the blue, the top time of Tobi Amusan in the 100 meter hurdles did. The Nigerian already smashed the world record in the semi-finals and went even faster in the final, but then there was too much wind.
Amusan smashes world record
For spectacle you had to be at the 100 meter hurdles at this World Athletics Championships. Outgoing world champion Nia Ali literally dropped out of the series, Anne Zagré was allowed to retake all by herself and on the final day Tobi Amusan stunned everyone in the semi-finals.
The Nigerian raced to victory in an improbable 12″12, diving more than 8 hundredths of a second below the world record of American Kendra Harrison, which had been on the tables since 2016. Amusan also ran 28 hundredths of a second faster than the African record of 12. 40 that she had put in the series.
Amusan was not the only one who went very fast in the semi-finals. 12″52, a time with which you took gold at previous World Cups, turned out not to be good enough for a place in the final. It raised eyebrows at Michael Johnson. The four-time Olympic champion wondered on Twitter whether the time registration was functioning properly.
“I don’t believe the times on the 100 meter hurdles are correct. The world record is broken by 8 hundredths of a second! 12 personal bests, 5 national records. All athletes seemed shocked.”
There was no stopping Amusan in the final either. She took another six hundredths of a second off her brand new world record in 12 “06, but this time with too much tailwind. So no WR, but gold for the 25-year-old Nigerian. Jamaican Britany Anderson took silver, the bronze went to Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn.
Watch Amusan’s record race
Amusan goes even faster in the final, but with too much tailwind
Ingebrigtsen gets his gram
Jakob Ingebrigtsen had to make up for it in the final of the 5,000 meters. In the 1,500 meters, on which he became Olympic champion in Tokyo, the Norwegian surprisingly missed the world title. The gold then went to Briton Jake Wightman.
But in the 5,000 meters, Ingebrigts was not surprised. He went into the final lap as the leader and shifted up another gear. The rest had to release, Ingebrigtsen raced to his first world title in 13’09″24. The silver went to Kenyan Jacob Krop, the bronze went to Ugandan Oscar Chelimo.
Mu Makes American Athletic History
In the 800 meters gold went to top favorite Athing Mu. The American seemed to storm the world title with his fingers in his nose, but Mu got tired in the last 100 meters and the British Keely Hodgkinson still insisted. Mu finished in 1’56″30 and was barely eight hundredths of a second ahead of Hodgkinson.
In Tokyo, 20-year-old Mu was only the second American to take Olympic gold in the 800 meters, in Eugene she became the first American to win the world title on the double track round.
Four in a row for Mihambo
Malaika Mihambo started the competition in the long jump with two zero jumps, but in the end the German fulfilled her favorite role. She beat the competition with a jump of 7.12 meters.
For Mihambo it is her fourth title in a row. In 2018 she took gold at the European Championships, in Doha she was crowned world champion in 2019 and last summer she also triumphed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Mayer triumphs in the decathlon
In the decathlon, the battle was only decided in the last two parts. Canadian Pierce Lepage started as leader in the javelin throw, but had no story against world record holder Kevin Mayer.
The Frenchman jumped from third place to the lead with a throw of 70.31 meters and did not relinquish it in the closing 1,500 meters. Mayer grabbed gold with 8,816 points, Lepage had to settle for silver. American Zachery Ziemek took the bronze.
Olympic champion David Warner experienced a disaster scenario on the first day of the decathlon. The Canadian was in the lead after four parts, but was injured in the 400 meters.