A Swiss record, a surprise, fatigue and a fall

The 2023 edition of Weltklasse was not as explosive as the previous ones. But Jason Joseph still managed to beat his Swiss record in the 110m hurdles in 13”08.

Roger Federer was present Thursday evening at Letzigrund to attend the Weltklasse.

During this evening, Jason Joseph broke his own Swiss record in the 110m hurdles.

Weltklasse 2023. Mujinga Kambundji created a surprise by competing in both the 100 and 200 m.

Mujinga Kambundji surprised everyone by competing in both the 100 and 200m.

Weltklasse 2023. Noah Lyles logically won the 200m.

Noah Lyles logically won the 200m.

Weltklasse 2023. Yulimar Rojas logically won the women's triple jump.

Yulimar Rojas logically removed the women’s triple jump.

Weltklasse 2023. In the absence of the world record, Mondo Duplantis had to settle for the pole vault victory.

In the absence of the world record, Mondo Duplantis had to settle for the pole vault victory.

Weltklasse 2023. Melissa Gutschmidt got a big scare in the ladies' 4x100m relay.

Melissa Gutschmidt got a big scare in the ladies’ 4x100m relay.

Weltklasse 2023. In a completely different register, the Vaudois high jumper Loïc Gasch said goodbye to athletics.

In a completely different register, the Vaudois high jumper Loïc Gasch bid him farewell to athletics.

Weltklasse 2023. Roger Federer was present Thursday evening at Letzigrund to attend the Weltklasse.

Roger Federer was present Thursday evening at Letzigrund to attend the Weltklasse.

Weltklasse 2023. During this evening, Jason Joseph broke his own Swiss record in the 110m hurdles.

During this evening, Jason Joseph broke his own Swiss record in the 110m hurdles.

Weltklasse 2023. Mujinga Kambundji created a surprise by competing in both the 100 and 200 m.

Mujinga Kambundji surprised everyone by competing in both the 100 and 200m.

Weltklasse 2023. Noah Lyles logically won the 200m.

Noah Lyles logically won the 200m.

Weltklasse 2023. Yulimar Rojas logically won the women's triple jump.

Yulimar Rojas logically removed the women’s triple jump.

Weltklasse 2023. In the absence of the world record, Mondo Duplantis had to settle for the pole vault victory.

In the absence of the world record, Mondo Duplantis had to settle for the pole vault victory.

Weltklasse 2023. Melissa Gutschmidt got a big scare in the ladies' 4x100m relay.

Melissa Gutschmidt got a big scare in the ladies’ 4x100m relay.

Weltklasse 2023. In a completely different register, the Vaudois high jumper Loïc Gasch said goodbye to athletics.

In a completely different register, the Vaudois high jumper Loïc Gasch bid him farewell to athletics.

Jason Joseph perfectly digested his disappointing 7th place in the final of the World Championships in Budapest. The Basler ran two hundredths faster than his best time established for the first time in Florence in June. This Swiss record is all the more surprising as the wind was slightly unfavorable (-0.1 m/s) and there was a false start.

This did not disturb Jason Joseph who was the big favorite in this race outside the official Diamond League program. He clearly outstripped the Spaniard Enrique Llopis (13”31). If Joseph’s main opponents were absent, it was because they were preparing for the Diamond League meeting in Xiamen, China, scheduled for Saturday.

Mujinga Kambundji present on both sprints

Mujinga Kambundji has decided to surprise her world by competing in both the 100 and 200 m. The Bernese had said she wanted to focus this season on the straight line so as not to aggravate her plantar fasciitis. Is it the scent of Zurich or a sudden urge to test yourself on the U-turn? Still, after taking 4th place in the 100m in 11”08, the European 200m champion also finished 4th in the 200m in 22”46.

No surprise on the names of the winners of the two races. 100m world champion Sha’Carri Richardson won on the straight in 10”88, while 200m world champion Shericka Jackson won the half-lap in 21”82. The heroines of Budapest did the job, but we felt a little tired.

Ditaji Kambundji and Simon Ehammer tired

In the 100m hurdles, Ditaji Kambundji ran a bit like in the final in Budapest. The young Bernese finished 6th (in 12”73) in a race won by world champion, Jamaican Danielle Williams (12”54). Despite the best reaction time, Mujinga’s little sister remained far from her 12”47 successful at the beginning of August in Bern.

No redemption either for Simon Ehammer. The Appenzeller finished 6th in the length with a jump to 7m97. The competition did not reach heights, but Miltiadis Tentoglou took first place on his last attempt (8m20).

If in the 800m ladies Audrey Werro (7th) and Lore Hoffmann (8th) could not join the fight for the podium, the two women had a good race. The Fribourgeoise beat her personal best in 1’59”50, while the Valaisanne beat her best time of the season (2’00”09). Victory of the Briton Laura Muir in 1’57”71.

As for the Swiss 4×100 m ladies relay, it had to settle for 2nd place behind the Netherlands (42”86). Natacha Kouni, Salomé Kora, Géraldine Frey and Melissa Gutschmidt clocked 42”94. Melissa Gutschmidt caused a stadium-wide scare when she cut the line on her stomach after seeing the Dutchwoman come back on her.

Duplantis and Lyles ensure, Warholm beaten

Even though the performances weren’t amazing, the stars generally held their own. Thus Noah Lyles, made his own 200 m in the average time – for him – of 19”80. The reigning triple world champion beat his best enemy Erriyon Knighton (19”87), who was already his runner-up in Hungary.

Yulimar Rojas logically won the women’s triple jump with a jump to 15m15. She was obviously the only athlete to exceed 15 meters. Similar observation for Mondo Duplantis in the pole vault. The only athlete at 6m, the Swede unsuccessfully attacked his world record but missed his three bars at 6m23.

Big surprise on the other hand in the 400m hurdles with the defeat of Karsten Warholm (47”30), beaten by the athlete from the British Virgin Islands Kyron McMaster in 47”27. The Valaisan Julien Bonvin finished 7th in 50”34.

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