4x400m Mixed: The Swiss team misses the final
Lionel Spitz, Julia Sinn, Ricky Petrucciani and Julia Niederberger missed out on qualifying for the final when they competed in the 4 x 400-meter mixed relay for the first time. The Swiss quad was no better than sixth in heat two. On the final count, that meant an eleventh-place finish in 3:14.38 minutes, 48 one-hundredths missing from the top 8 place. The Dominican Republic, who arrived as the defending champions, did not start. Poland withdrew after a collision on the last hand, but the Tokyo Olympic champions slipped into the final in ninth place after a successful appeal.
Men’s 1500m: Elmer, despite falling in the semi-finals
Tom Elmer made the coveted jump in the semi-finals over 1,500m by detours. The in-form Glarner was working his way to the front before Sweden’s Emil Danielson probably brought him down after around 950 metres. Elmer picked himself up shortly thereafter and finished nearly 20 seconds behind winner Jakob Ingebrigtsen. The good news for Elmer came about an hour later: Due to the judging panel’s decision, 26-year-old Swiss and Swede Danielson will be able to compete in Sunday’s semi-finals.
Women’s 1500m: No chance of wind
In the 1500m heats, Jocelyn Wind had no chance on her World Championships debut. The 22-year-old placed 14th in her heat with a time of 4:14.86 minutes and was last. She stayed more than 3 seconds above her personal best. But even with a personal record, a place in the semifinals was elusive, as Wind had to run more than 13 seconds faster in his heat.
SRF Info, sportlive, Aug 19, 2023, 11:25 am; Sass
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