Ditaji Kamponji and Noemi Zprein reached the semi-finals in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships in Eugene.
Detaji Kaponge had to shiver for a long time before qualification to the semi-finals was certain. And narrow – very tight. With a reserve of 1 thousandth of a second (!) The woman from Bern was able to make it to the next round.
In her qualifying, Kambundji finished fifth with a time of 13.12 seconds, so she had to hope to qualify over time. In the end she had a thousand luck on her side, because 5 athletes were suspended at the same time as Kambundji.
“Waiting was not fun anymore,” Kamboongi said after the ordeal. “It wasn’t a great performance. I’m glad I got a second chance. I know I can run faster.”
Zbären leads directly with 3rd place
Noemi Zbären made it a little less exciting. The women from Emmental finished third in their qualifier with a time of 13.00 seconds and already qualified for the semi-finals. After a long period of suffering, starting with a cruciate ligament tear in 2016 and various other injuries, the 28-year-old is back on his way to becoming a world leader.
“I came here without any stress and I’ve already hit the perfect target,” Zebreen said happily after the run. However, her appetite quenched. “I have more on that,” she said meaningfully.
The semi-finals will take place on Monday night at 2:10am CEST (Live on SRF Zwei).
The defending champion is in the lead
The drama happened in the first heat: Nia Ali, the 2019 world champion, got stuck in an obstacle, fell, and retired. In the fall time, she would have been on her way to the semi-finals.
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