- Mujinga Kambundji misses out on qualifying for the 100m final despite her best performance this season. Geraldine Fry doesn’t stand a chance.
- Anjelica Moser in the pole vault final.
- Julien Bonvin retired from the 400m hurdles in the semifinals.
- Jasmine Geiger stumbles to lead in the 400m hurdles.
Women’s 100m: Mujinga Kambunji fails in the semi-finals
The 100m final was held without Mujinga Kambunji. The Bernese national posted a personal best time of the season of 11.04 seconds in the Division 1 semi-finals. This performance earned her only 5th place behind Sherica Jackson (JAM), Mari Jose Ta Lou (CIV), Chakari Richardson (USA) and Zoe Hobbs (New Zealand). To reach the final on time, Kambunji had to run 11.01 seconds.
The 31-year-old runner’s early finish wasn’t surprising despite the best time of the season. Kambunji has been dealing with plantar fasciitis this summer. For this reason, the European indoor champion and Swiss record holder (10.89) has yet to break the 11-second mark this year.
This marked the end of a great series for the Swiss sprint queen. She finished sixth at the 2021 Olympics and fifth at the 2022 World Championships, and advanced to the final in the higher discipline. Mujinga Kambunji won her only world championship medal so far at the Doha Open Stadium in 2019 with a bronze in the 200m. In order to reduce stress on the plantar fascia, the Swiss will not compete in the half-track or half-lap. 4x100m relay this year.
With Geraldine Frey, he was another Swiss semi-finalist. The girl from Zug had no chance in her heat and finished eighth with a time of 11.28 seconds.
Women’s pole vault: Moser moves into the final
Angelica Moser reaches the World Cup final for the third time in her career. However, the pole vaulter had to endure anxious moments in qualifying. I only managed 4.60m on the third and final attempt. And then I jumped 4.65m with a very narrow distance right away. Thanks to the best performance of the season, I got a ticket to the final. “I was lucky because the bar stayed up. In the final I will try to do better,” Moser said in an interview. The decision in the women’s pole vault will be made on Wednesday night.
Men’s 400m hurdles: Bonnevin advances to the semi-finals
For Julien Bonvin, the 400m hurdles semi-finals meant the end of the streak. After the 24-year-old achieved his season’s best time of 49.19 seconds and confidently survived the next round, he crossed the finish line in the semifinals in 49.75 seconds. This was only enough for Bonfin to finish eighth and last in his heat. Karsten Warholm was in a class of his own. The Norwegian world record holder ran an apparent best time of 47.09 seconds.
Women’s 400m hurdles: Geiger without a chance
Jasmine Geiger clearly missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals in the 400m hurdles. The woman from Torgau finished sixth in her heat, with a time of 56.16 seconds. This put her 0.91 seconds ahead of her personal best. Geiger was 1.51 seconds away from fourth place, which was enough to go straight ahead. “You always learn from defeats. It was just bad,” the 23-year-old said disappointedly in an interview. The fastest was Femke Bol from the Netherlands with a time of 53.39 seconds.
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