Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis battled through rain and cold to dominate the men’s pole vault in the Oslo Diamond League on Thursday, with home favorite Jacob Ingebrigotsen running for the mile.
As a large part of Europe baked prematurely in hot weather, a wet Duplantis landed at 5.60 meters and with its nearest rivals at 5.80 meters, the Norwegian pair Sandre Guttorsen and Paul Haugen Lilifos both crashed at 5.86 meters.
Duplantis cleared 5.92m earlier then set a new meet record of 6.02m, a full 22cm ahead of the field.
Duplantis, the world record holder and Olympic champion, said: “Despite the rain being a busy day, I felt good to jump – it was tiring to deal with but I am happy with the 6.02m,” said world record holder and Olympic champion Duplantis.
In the absence of injured 400-meter hurdler Kirsten Warhome, all Norwegian eyes were on Ingrebrigatsen at the famous ‘Dream Mile’ and he was not disappointed as he became the first home runner to win the race as five of the top seven personal bests.
Olympic 1500m champion Engbrigutsen set the Diamond League record of 3 minutes 46.46 seconds for victory, while Australian Oliver Where rounded out the British Jake Whitman podium in second place (3: 47.48) on the Oceania record.
“It was great, I was ready to run fast and I was happy to be able to do that and win,” said the Norwegian.
“Confidence is a really important thing in sports and I’m confident in what I do in training and I’m definitely aiming for gold at Eugene,” the Oregon venue for the July 15-24 World Championships.
Canada’s Olympic 200-meter gold medalist Andre de Grass claimed the 100-meter title, with a time of 10.05 seconds leading Britain’s Reese Prescod 100 percent in a season-best time.
“I know my speed is coming back,” De Grass said. “The difference will be the start and the first 30 meters.
“I’m pretty satisfied with my first win of the season, the best of a season, but I know I still have some work to do.”
Devon Allen’s bid acrobat came to New York last week to race for the rest of the 110m hurdles season with a sub-13 seconds after his third-fastest time in history (12.84), though his 13.22 seconds were enough to win the race.
“Every race I run has to be won,” said Allen, who has been linked with the NFL franchise The Philadelphia Eagles as a massive receiver since Eugene World.
“13.22 is not very bad in this situation. It was raining, the wind was blowing. ”
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The Dutch women’s femme fatale won the women’s 400m hardless in 52.61 seconds, breaking the 53.18 meeting record set by Dion Hemings of Jamaica in 1997.
Olympic bronze medalist Anna Ryzykova of Ukraine finished more than two seconds later.
“I was very surprised by the time because the weather wasn’t good and I stumbled on the last barrier, so it was nice to see that time,” said Ball.
“Taking a meeting record means a lot, after that I will do national trials and get ready for the world championships, and then try to get well back for the European championships, so it’s going to be a really busy summer but I’m ready for the challenge – I run fast. I want to get some medals. “
Grenadier Kirani James, a former world and Olympic champion, won the men’s 400m in 44.78 seconds over Isaac McWalla of Botswana.
And there was a British one-two in the women’s 800m, with Olympic silver medalist Kylie Hodgkinson clocking a season-best 1: 57.71 to claim victory over Laura Muir.
Hodgkinson’s focus was immediately set on the word Eugene and the American Athing Mu, who claimed gold in Tokyo.
“I’ve been trying to take it week in and week out but I like championship racing and running rounds, so I’m looking forward to Eugene,” he said.
“Athing Mu took my world lead so I want it back and I’m looking forward to facing him at the World Championships.”
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