BUDAPEST (AP) Seven decisions will be made at the World Championships in Athletics in Budapest on Thursday. The best chance of getting a good position in the German language is first thing in the morning.
Men’s 35km walk (7:00am)
Christopher Linke started the World Championships with the German record for the 20 km distance and fifth place, and he also finished second in the European Championships in the longer distance. Karl Dumann and Karl Junghans complete the German trio. 20 km world champion Alvaro Martín of Spain is also at the start.
Women’s 35km walk (7:00am)
As with men, this should also be important for women, who can better handle heat and high humidity. Bianca Maria Dietrich is the only German athlete but not a medal contender. Maria Perez of Spain competes again after winning gold in the 20 km race.
Men’s Long Jump (7.30pm)
Jamaican Wayne Pinnock had the longest set in qualifying with a world best of 8.54 metres. The defending champion is the Chinese Wang Jian’an, who achieved a distance of 8.34 meters. The Greek Olympic champion, Miltiadis Tetoglu, qualified with a distance of 8.25 metres. German long jumpers aren’t first in Budapest.
Women’s Hammer Throw (8:26 PM)
Defending champion May-Brock Andersen of the United States surprisingly withdrew from qualifying. She was only the third woman to pass the 80-meter mark this season. Three-time Olympic champion, four-time world champion and world record holder from Poland Anita Wlodarczyk also withdrew. She was missing last year injured after chasing a car thief. Wednesday’s qualifier was Hana Skidan of Azerbaijan.
Women’s 100m Hurdles (9:22pm)
Defending champion Toby Amussan has been provisionally suspended ahead of the World Cup for violating a scoring obligation, but is allowed to compete in Budapest. The Nigerian could be ousted, among others, by the American Kendra Harrison, who has been stronger so far.
Men’s 400m (9:35pm)
Defending champion Michael Norman was injured, and Olympic champion Stephen Gardiner injured his thigh in the semifinals and did not finish. Rio Olympic champion and two-time world champion Wayde van Niekerk will be in the final. After rupturing his cruciate ligament, the South African is once again among the best in the world.
Women’s 400m Hurdles (9:50pm)
Last year’s winner and world record holder Sidney McLaughlin-Lefroni of the United States will not start in the World Cup. This would clear the way for European champion Vemke Boll of the Netherlands. In the final of the 4 x 400-meter mixed relay, Paul fell while racing for the gold medal. For German champion Karolina Kravczyk it ended up in the semifinals.
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