Warholm beaten at home, Jackson disappointing and supersonic 5000 meters in Oslo

Warholm beaten at home, Jackson disappointing and supersonic 5000 meters in Oslo

A few weeks before the Paris Olympic Games, several athletics stars met at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo for a Diamond League meeting.

Norwegian 400 meter hurdles star Karsten Warholm was beaten at home on Thursday evening during the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, marked by a supersonic 5,000 meters which almost brought down the world record in the discipline. Highly anticipated at the Bislett Stadium where he was welcomed like a king in his palace, the world record holder lost on the wire to his main rival, the Brazilian Alison dos Santos.

Starting off like a bomb with the crowd standing up as he passed, Warholm remained in the lead until the last hurdles but finally made a mistake allowing Dos Santos to overtake him at the very end of the race (46 sec 63 against 46 sec 70). “I am satisfied with the race but of course I always come to win”reacted the hurdler who is aiming for a second Olympic title in Paris this summer. “I hit the last hurdles, so it gave me a hard time at the end”he explained.

But twenty minutes later, the spectators were able to console themselves with the victory of the other Norwegian star, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who concluded the evening by winning the 1500 meters with a best world performance of the season (3 min 29 sec 74). The Olympic champion of the discipline had to throw himself on the line to win while the Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot came back on him (2nd in 3 min 29 sec 77). Frenchman Azeddine Habz took a good third place in 3 min 30 sec 80.

The evening was also marked by a very tough 5000 meters at the end of which the Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet achieved the second best performance in history in 12 min 36 sec 73, notably dominating the world record holder of the discipline, the Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei, finally ninth in the race in 12 min 51 sec 94, almost 15 seconds more than the winner of the day.

Jackson in trouble, Jacobs beaten

At the end of this endless Scandinavian summer evening, Jakob Ingebrigtsen is the only one of the six Olympic champions present Thursday in Oslo to have left with victory. Besides Cheptegei and Warholm beaten in their respective races, sprinter Shericka Jackson (Olympic gold in 4×100) took a disappointing 5th place in the 200 meters. The Jamaican double world champion did not exist on the half-lap of the track which she finished in 22 sec 97, her worst result in almost three years and the Tokyo Games series, when she stopped too early his effort thought to be well in the lead.

Visibly disappointed, the sprinter did not respond to any requests from journalists after the race. Over 100 meters, the Olympic champion of the discipline Marcell Jacobs also lost (4th in 10 sec 03) against the South African Akani Simbine who won the race in 9 sec 94.

Finally in the discus, the Swede Daniel Stahl (gold medalist in Tokyo) was dominated by the new Lithuanian world record holder Mykolas Alekna, who snatched the meeting record from his father thanks to a throw of 70.91 m . Briton Matthew Hudson-Smith improved his own European record in the 400 meters by completing the lap of the track in 44 sec 07, shaving almost two tenths off his previous mark. Before the European Championships in Rome (June 7-12), some of the best athletes in the world will meet in Sweden on Sunday for the Stockholm meeting.

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