Lyles and Fraser-Pryce dazzling, Kipyegon close to the world record… The results of the Monaco meeting
Usually placed just before the big summer championship, the Monaco meeting once again offered high quality performances, a little over two weeks after the end of the Eugène Worlds. Contested in conditions conducive to performance (28°C and little wind after a storm), the 2022 vintage was even dazzling at times, when the five-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 100m. In 10”62 (+ 0.4 m/s), new world best performance of the year, the Jamaican bombshell erased her own mark of 10”66 achieved on Saturday August 6 in Chorzow.
Her compatriot Shericka Jackson, her runner-up in Eugene, finished second, setting a new personal best in 10”71. Thanks to this ultra-fast race (all the runners finished in 10”96 or less), the Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou, 3rd in 10”72, became the new African record holder.
Lyles still at full speed, Kipyegon close to the record
Still on the sprint, at the end of the program, Noah Lyles broke his meeting record with 19”46 over the 200m (+0.8 m/s), the second performance of his career after his 19”31 of Eugene. He overtook Erriyon Knighton, who set a new fine time with 19”84. Michael Norman, world champion in the 400m descended on the half-lap, had fun in 19”95 (3rd). Frenchman Méba-Mickaël Zézé, in lane 1, did not have the same legs as in La Chaux-de-Fonds where he broke the 20-second barrier (19”97), and finished 8th with 20”78.
The middle distance was not outdone with a superb women’s 1500m. The world record of the Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba (3’50”07 in 2015 in Monaco) did not go far from falling on the same track. Kenyan double Olympic and world champion Faith Kipyegon won in 3:50.37, a new personal best and second all-time performance. ” I did my best to lower my personal best, I also wanted to break the world record, but that will be for another time! Far behind, the American Heather MacLean took second place in 3’58”89. The French Aurore Fleury finished 12th in 4’10”01.
Faith Kipyegon flew over the 1,500m. (S. Boué/The Team)
Benjamin Robert still has “work to do”
The meeting offered a 3000 m which was going to be very fast. Burundian Thierry Ndikumwenayo created a surprise by winning in 7’25″93, a new national and League record, ahead of Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi (7’26″81) and American Grant Fisher (3rd in 7 ’28″48, also a continental record). Five other riders broke their record, including Frenchman Hugo Hay, 10th in 7’41″78.
World 1500m champion Jake Wightman, who came to test himself in the 1000m, did not follow the hare who left on high bases and has the final stretch to take over the Canadian Marco Arop and take his record to 2’13 ” 88. Arop broke a national record with 2’14″44. Frenchman Benjamin Robert finished 11th in 2’17″11: It wasn’t easy. The 1000m is a bastard pace. I lacked rhythm. There is better to do. I lacked fighting spirit, commitment. I suffered the race. I see where I am for Europe and that there is still a bit of work to do. »
Benjamin Robert missed his 1000m. (S. Boué/The Team)
Hard work, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Sasha Zhoya have done since their elimination in the semi-finals of the Worlds in the 110m hurdles. Behind the winner Grant Holloway (12”99, +0.6 m/s), the French reassured themselves on the clock: 13”21 and 5th place for Zhoya, 13”26 for PML, 6th.
Close duel at the height
We could just write that the competitions were a step below the races. The duel at height between Mutaz Barshim and Woo Sang-hyeok, for example, did not quite live up to its promise in terms of altitude. Both authors of a perfect competition from 2.20 m to 2.30 m, they failed to clear 2.32 m. The Qatari and the South Korean therefore competed in a jump-off, at 2.32 m on a single jump, with the same result. The bar is therefore down to 2.30 m, and Barshim was the only setter.
Barshim won the height contest. (S. Boué/The Team)
The women’s pole vault competition was won at 4.66m (by Australia’s Nina Kennedy). The evening was delicate for the three French women engaged since Margot Chevrier and Marie-Julie Bonnin did not pass the slightest bar, failing three times at 4.36 m. As for Ninon Chapelle, she stopped at 4.51 m (5th).
Surprise (relatively admittedly) at the triple jump since the Venezuelan world record holder and multiple world and Olympic medalist Yulimar Rojas did not manage to land a single jump measured on her first three attempts, all bitten. As there were only eight competitors, she was able to continue jumping and on her 5th try, to go for the victory with 15.01 m (zero wind). Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts (14.91 m; + 0.5 m/s) and American Tori Franklin (personal best increased to 14.86 m; no wind) complete the podium.
In the long run, the Cuban Maykel Masso won with a jump of 8.35m, a distance from the brand new double junior world champion Erwan Konaté (8th with 7.87m): “ There’s a little jet lag (he came back two days ago from Cali) but I wanted to jump lunge. I had good feelings, the public was present. It really makes you want, I was at the maximum mental level but it’s been two days that I can’t sleep at night, I sleep 3 hours. The body has its limits. 7.87 m remains a good performance. His colleague at Insep Jules Pommery, selected for Europe in Munich, finished 9th with 7.83 m.
Erwan Konaté finished 8th in the length competition. (S. Boué/The Team)
Three other French women were entered in Monaco and all finished in 8th place. Agnès Raharolahy, in 2’02″25 over an 800m overflown by the Jamaican Natoya Goule in 1’56″98; Camille Seri, in the 400m hurdles (56″36), far from the Jamaican Rushell Clayton (53″33); and Sokhna Lacoste, in the 400m flat (53″21), also a distance from her record and of the recent 400m world champion, Shaunae Miller-Uibo. The Bahamian got off to a very fast start, finishing her race in 49”28, ahead of Jamaican Candice McLeod (49”87). minutes to recover from his effort.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo tested after her 400m. (S. Boué/The Team)
The Diamond League is taking another break before the European Championships in Munich, which begin on Monday, and will resume on August 26 with three gala meetings: Lausanne, then Brussels on September 3 and the finals, in Zurich on September 7 and 8. .