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Monaco (AFP) – With Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and American Noah Lyles, the sprint exposes its freshly crowned heads at the Eugene Worlds during the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Wednesday (from 7:00 p.m.).
Queen’s racing world champion for the fifth time aged 35 in Eugene (USA) in mid-July, and now fourteen times world medalist – like legend Usain Bolt and only beaten by American icon Allyson Felix (20) – Fraser-Pryce has not slowed down since the Worlds-2022.
If she preferred to ignore the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (England) which “would have done too much to manage”, the little Caribbean bombshell is nevertheless preparing to chain her third 100m in the space of four days on the track. of the Louis II stadium.
The first two were more than promising: with her 10 sec 66 on Saturday in Chorzow, Poland, the best world performance of the year, and her 10 sec 67 on Monday in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, as in the world final, the Jamaican of 35 years is at five 100 m run under 10 sec 70 this season. More than ever in his career with exceptional longevity.
Lyles at the head of the world record
“It was one of those days when I didn’t feel very well, explained Fraser-Pryce on Monday evening, who skipped the press conference the next day on the eve of the Monaco meeting. I have more to give without any doubt. I just have to watch my lessons and work a little more. But it sure is nice to be consistent around 10 sec 6/10 throughout the season.”
The warm temperature announced Wednesday evening – around 27 degrees – should help it continue its spread. Competition from her compatriot Shericka Jackson, more comfortable on the half-lap of which she was crowned world champion in Eugene but still silver medalist in the 100m too.
The record for the Monegasque meeting – 10 sec 72 run almost 25 years ago by the American Marion Jones – could well fall.
In Eugene, his supersonic 19 sec 31 made Lyles the third performer in history over 200 m, twelve hundredths of the world record of Bolt, long presented as inaccessible (19.19 in 2009), in addition to giving him a second crowned world sequential.
For his first race since, the Florida sprinter has no intention of slowing down either. On the contrary. “I said at the Worlds that I didn’t think I was at my peak of form, he recalled on Tuesday. I said to everyone: + Give me a month and I will have the world record in line of sight+”. It was two and a half weeks ago. A little early then?
Twelve world champions 2022
“Every time I hit the track, my goal is to get closer to the world record,” Lyles said.
“Yes, I ran in 19 sec 31 at the Worlds, but I expected to do that! (…) I want to shock myself!” Said the 25-year-old American.
He can count on two of his compatriots, the young nugget Erriyon Knighton, brand new world bronze medalist and author of 19 sec 49 in the spring, at only 18 years old, and the 400m world champion Michael Norman, to spur him on. .
Along with reigning two-time world champion, American Grant Holloway, and reigning Olympic champion, Jamaican Hansle Parchment, the 110 also looks great. A high-flying test for the trio of French hurdlers, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Sasha Zhoya and Just Kwaou-Mathey, five days before the European Championships in Munich (August 15-21).
In total, a dozen of the 2022 vintage world champions are at the rendezvous at the foot of the Rock: to the sprinters are added in particular the Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim in the triple jump, the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas in the triple jump, the Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo over 400m or the Kenyan Faith Kipyegon over 1500m.
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