The 400m hurdles world record will not be for September 8, 2020! Karsten Warholm, who had signed the second fastest time in history (46 “87) on August 23 in Stockholm, made the trip to Ostrava (Czech Republic) on Tuesday with the hope of erasing Kevin Young and his tablets from the shelves. 46 ”78 made in 1992 during the Barcelona Olympics. But he did not succeed. The 24-year-old Norwegian couldn’t have done better than 47.62 which allowed him to win the race and break the meeting record, but not the world record. It was, however, the second best performance of the season. Note the fine second place for Frenchman Ludvy Vaillant, in 49:14, his best time of the season.
Lavillenie beats his season record
A pole vault competition was also on the program this Tuesday in Ostrava, notably with Renaud Lavillenie. The former world record holder, who is coming back from a thumb injury, posted his best jump of the season, crossing a bar at 5.74m. But he finished second in the competition behind Filipino Ernest John Ibiena, who also clocked 5.74m, but with fewer tries completed during the competition. “Air Lavillenie” had so far managed 5.71m in Pierre-Bénite, 5.72m in Lausanne and 5.62m in Chorzow during its outdoor competitions this year. The American Sam Kendricks and the Brazilian Thiago Braz had to be content with 5.64m and the other French competitor, Jules Cypres, at 5.24m. Among the other highlights of this meeting, we will also remember the 22.43m (meeting record) achieved by the American Ryan Crouser at weight, the 17.46m (best world performance of the year) achieved by the American Christian Taylor in the triple jump and the 65.19m (her season record) of Czech Barbora Spotakova in the javelin.