After the bronze in the 100 won by Jacobs, the Canadian prevails in the 200 with 19 “62 ahead of Bednarek and Lyles. Sabbatini marks the second Italian all-time performance behind the Dorio record but it is not enough
Andre De Grasse, in sunglasses, is the man of the evening session. The Canadian, finally, is golden. And he is the new king of the 200 (19 ”62 / -0.5). Mister podium (one silver and three Olympic and world bronzes in the drawer, third place in the 100 on Sunday included), ruined the announced American party. The trio with stars and stripes follows him closely, but has to settle for second, third and fourth place.
Respectively with Ken Bednarek (19 “68), Noah Lyles (19” 74), the real loser of the day, and Erryon Knighton, the 17 year old prodigy (19 “93). De Grasse, in the sixth lane, runs a good curve. But at the straight entry it is Lyles, inside, who leads the pack. Bednarek is also in the slipstream. Around 170, however, the overtaking. Noah slows down, Andre – with always very relaxed action – goes away. And he closes with a lot of national record, becoming the eighth man all-time.
Korir wins the 800
In a tactical and relatively slow race, Kenyan double: gold to Emmanuel Korir (1’45 “06), a pupil of the great Paul Ereng who won the same title in Seoul 1988, silver to Ferguson Rotich (1’45” 23). Third is the Pole Patrick Dobek (1’45 ”39). Amel Tuka, a Bosnian from Italy coached by Giani Ghidini from Verona, finishes sixth.
Hammer and hedges
Two Poles on the podium: Wojciech Nowicki wins, bronze in Rio 2016 and in the last three World Championships: 82.52 and four jumps over 81 meters. He precedes the surprising Norwegian Eivind Henriksen with 81.58 (national record) and compatriot Pawel Fajdek (81.53). It is only the third time in Olympic history that an 80 meter is not enough to get on the podium. In 3000 women’s hedges the gold goes to Ugandan Peruth Chemutai (9’01 “45) who contains the frenzied and courageous attack of former American gymnast Courtney Frericks (with 9’04” 79 then silver as at the 2017 World Cup ), which escapes very soon and then, 300 meters from the finish, is bypassed. The bronze medal to the Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng (9’05 ”39). Evil two of the most accredited, the other Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech, seventh and the American Emma Coburn, disqualified and in any case never in the race. For Uganda it is the first female medal in history (of all sports).
Decathlon (after 5 races)
He leads the wild Canadian Damian Warner with 4722 points and 8.24 in the long run (measure from the podium in the individual race!), On the Australian Ashley Moloney (4641) and compatriot Pierce Lepage (4529). In Tokyo you go faster than light: the eight athletes promoted from the semifinals of the 400 run in less than 50 “, in the lead the Jamaican Stephanie-Ann McPherson (49” 34). Also advancing the outgoing champion, the Bahamian Shaunae Millar (49 “60) and the American infinite Allyson Felix (with the season of 49” 89).
Semi-finals 1500 women
Eliminated, but with great honor, while a readmission request is being examined, the only Italian athlete competing in the session: Gaia Sabbatini flies in 4’02 “25, personal improved by 1” 98, second Italian all-time performance behind the Gabriella Dorio’s record and the best since 1984. Not enough, because the Teramo, also involved in a fall shortly after the transition to 750 meters (hence the appeal), closes eighth in her battery with the 14th time of the day ( out of 12 passed). Five under 4’00 “, with Kenyan Faith Kipyegon at 3’56” 80 and yet another round overtaken by Dutch Sifan Hassan on the road to a possible unprecedented hat-trick.
Heptathlon (after 4 races)
The Dutch Anouk Vetter leads with 3968 points, but the classification, with the Belgian gold medal Niafi Thiam in third at 47 from the head, is very short. The reigning world champion, the British Katarina Johnson-Thompson, after the curve of the 200, collapses. One ankle gave out. The judges would like to help her raise them, she rejects them and arrives at the finish on one leg, practically walking.
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