We will not see Sha’Carri Richardson in the 100 meters at the World Championships (15-24 July). To everyone’s surprise, the sprinter was eliminated on Thursday from Eugene’s Trials series, taking 5th place in her race in 11.31, the 23rd time of this first round. The Texan, who had scored 10.85 two weeks ago in New York and seemed to be back in shape at the right time, was one of the highlights of these 2022 Trials, a year after her success on the straight, which was invalidated a few days later on her way to a positive test on cannabis that would deprive her of the Tokyo Olympics.
But the explosive athlete trained by Dennis Mitchell totally missed his entry into the race. Punchless, unable to place his traditional mid-race acceleration, Richardson crashed from a very high point and offered no explanation for this unexpected poor performance. Passed ahead of the average without stopping, he can still dream of qualifying for the 200 at the World Cup, but to do so he will have to finish in the Top 3.
This first round was less complicated for the other favorites in the 100m, starting with Aleia Hobbs (10”88, + 1.5m / s), Twanisha Terry (10”92, + 2m / s) and Tamara Clark (10 ”94, + 1.5 m / s), which could share the three tickets for the World Cup.
Where will Fred Kerley stop?
A few minutes after the shock caused by the early elimination of Sha’Carri Richardson, the heats of the men’s 100 meters were less full of surprises. But Olympic vice-champion Fred Kerley gave a very clear signal about his current form by winning his race in 9”83 (+ 1.5 m / s), a personal best improved by one hundredth and above all the best performance in the world. of the year.
Even the Texan, a former 400 specialist (bronze medalist at the Doha 2019 World Championships) did not stop in the mixed zone, but his disconcerting ease spoke for him and it will be very difficult to stop him this weekend. Winner of last year’s Trials, Trayvon Bromell will also be in the semifinals (10”10, -0.4 m / s), as well as world champion Christian Coleman (10”08, -0.7 m / s), already qualified for this title for the World Cup but which needs races to find the very high level. In the semifinals we will also find Kenny Bednarek (10”10) and Micah Williams (10”11), who raced in the same series (+0.4 m / s).
Cole Hocker and Tara Davis also disappoint
Over 1,500m, a great disappointment for one of the darlings of the local public, the young Cole Hocker (21), a former student of the University of Oregon. Reigning champion of the United States and 6th at the Tokyo Olympics, he was trapped in his series, dropping from 1st to 6th place on the last lap, and his time of 3’39”57 did not allow him to qualify in time for the final. He will try to redeem himself in the 5,000m.
Another unexpected result of this first day in Eugene, the long failure of Tara Davis. Sixth at the Tokyo Olympics, the former University of Texas student didn’t make the slightest measured jump. The victory went to Quanesha Burks with a jump of 7.06m (+2.7m / s), ahead of Jasmine Moore (6.80m, +2.5m / s) and Tiffany Flynn (6.69 m, +1.3 m / s).
In the Hammer, Brooke Andersen, the world’s best of the year (79.02m), won with 77.96m, ahead of Jane Kassanavoid (76.04m) and Annette Echikunwoke (73.76m). DeAnna Price, already qualified for the World Championships because she was crowned in Doha in 2019, is fourth (73.07 m).
Finally, in the third final on Thursday, Andrew Evans won the discus competition with a throw of 63.31m, ahead of Dallin Shurts (62.32m) and Sam Mattis (62.25m).
Successful voice for Allyson Felix
At 36, multi-award winning Olympic and world medalist Allyson Felix is experiencing her final weeks of competition as she will end her career at the end of the season. She is competing for the 21st time in the United States and, after a standing ovation from the audience during the presentation, she managed her first lap in the 400 perfectly, winning in 52.30.
Automatically qualified for the World Championships thanks to his title in Doha on the 400m hurdles in 2019, Dalilah Muhammad normally had to be at the beginning – at least – of his series to validate his ticket, this is the rule in force. But she hit her in a hamstring for a few days, she finally got a medical waiver from the American Federation authorizing her not to take sides, and her package won’t stop her from defending her title in three weeks.
Her big rival on low hurdles, Olympic champion and world record holder (51”46) Sydney McLaughlin quietly dominated her streak, with a time of 54”11 and nearly two seconds ahead of her pursuer, Ashley Spencer.
Brazier and Mu at the appointment
2019 800m world champion Donavan Brazier automatically qualifies for the World Cup as reigning champion. Handicapped for several weeks from a bursitis in his right foot and not entirely sure of being away in three weeks, he still seemed rather reassuring during his streak, won in 1’46”49 at the cost of a good job at home. , for what was only his second 800m of the season after his appearance in Doha in the Diamond League (6th in 1’50”58).
For her part, the 800m Olympic champion Athing Mu, passed her race in the lead from start to finish, with a very comfortable margin over her rivals before decelerating in the last 100m, to win in 2’1”24. No problem for Ajee Wilson and Raevyn Rogers in their series either.