Mujinga Kamponge finished fourth at the international meet in Bellinzona in the 200 metres, and Ricky Petrociani, another European Champion, couldn’t outsmart himself in his home appearance.
The international meeting “Galà dei Castelli” attended by a large number of people once again provided a platform for the end of the big season with the best Swiss athletes. However, the big highlights from a domestic point of view have not materialized.
In the last two races of the evening, the 5,700 spectators at the Stadio Comunale gave the loudest applause. First in the 400m with European Championship runner-up Ricky Petrociani and then in the 200m with European champion Mujinja Kamponge, they were able to celebrate two Swiss champions at the highly successful European Championships in Munich in August. Local champion Petrocianni gave his all again to finish fourth in a time of 45.76 seconds in the race won by South African world record holder Wade van Niekerk. Kambundji also took fourth place, who completed her last 200 photos of the year with a time of 22.88 seconds.
Decathlon player Finlay Gayo, who competed in the 110m hurdles, made a strong impression. In this field, the Basel player took fifth place at the European Championships in Munich and showed his best team in Bellinzona. He finished fifth with a time of 13.47 seconds, surpassing his top 100. Gaio is one of the few top athletes whose track racing season isn’t over yet. Next weekend, he wants to prove his versatility once again at the international decathlon in Talence, France.
In the 3000m race, all three Swiss had their best personal time. In the race won by South Sudan’s Dominic Lopalo in 7:38.16 minutes, Tom Elmer (7:48.77), Morgan Le Guen (7:49.14) and Luca Notti (7:50.62) finished sixth, eighth and tenth. All three contestants made it to the top ten in the list of Switzerland’s best ever. Elmer has already grabbed attention in the past two and a half weeks with his personal best times over the 800 and 1500m.
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