We will not see Sha’Carri Richardson in the 100m at the Worlds (July 15-24). To everyone’s surprise, the sprinter was eliminated Thursday from the Trials series in Eugene, taking 5th place in her race in 11”31, the 23rd time of this first round. The Texan, who had clocked 10.85 two weeks ago in New York and seemed to be back in shape at the right time, was one of the attractions of these Trials 2022, a year after her success on the straight, invalidated a few days later due to a positive cannabis test which would deprive her of the Tokyo Olympics.
But the explosive athlete trained by Dennis Mitchell totally missed his entry into the running. Without punch, unable to place his traditional acceleration at mid-race, Richardson fell from a very high point and gave no explanation for this unexpected poor performance. Passed in front of the media without stopping, she can still dream of qualifying for the 200m at the Worlds, but will have to finish in the Top 3 to do so.
This first round was less tricky for the other favorites in the 100m, starting with Aleia Hobbs (10”88, +1.5m/s), Twanisha Terry (10”92, +2m/s) and Tamara Clark (10”94, + 1.5 m/s), who could share the three tickets for the Worlds.
Where will Fred Kerley stop?
A few minutes after the shock caused by the early elimination of Sha’Carri Richardson, the heats of the men’s 100m were less rich in surprises. But Olympic vice-champion Fred Kerley sent a very clear signal about his current form by winning his race in 9”83 (+ 1.5 m/s), a personal best improved by a hundredth and above all the best performance in the world. of the year.
The Texan, a former 400m specialist (bronze medalist at the Doha Worlds in 2019) did not stop in the mixed zone either, but his disconcerting ease spoke for him and he will be very difficult to stop this weekend. . Winner of last year’s Trials, Trayvon Bromell will also be in the semi-finals (10”10, -0.4 m/s), as will world champion Christian Coleman (10”08, -0.7 m/s), already qualified for this title for the Worlds but who needs races to find the very high level. We will also find in the semi-finals Kenny Bednarek (10”10) and Micah Williams (10”11), who ran in the same series (+0.4 m/s).
Cole Hocker and Tara Davis also disappoint
On 1,500 m, big disappointment for one of the darlings of the local public, the young Cole Hocker (21 years old), former student of the University of Oregon. Reigning United States champion and 6th at the Tokyo Olympics, he was trapped in his series, dropping from 1st to 6th place on the last lap, and his time of 3’39”57 did not allow him to qualify on time for the final. He will try to redeem himself in the 5,000m.
Another unexpected result of this first day in Eugene, the failure of Tara Davis at length. Sixth in the Tokyo Olympics, the former student at the University of Texas did not have the slightest measured jump. Victory went to Quanesha Burks with a jump of 7.06m (+2.7m/s), ahead of Jasmine Moore (6.80m, +2.5m/s) and Tiffany Flynn (6.69m , +1.3 m/s).
In the hammer, the world’s best performer of the year (79.02m) Brooke Andersen won with 77.96m, ahead of Jane Kassanavoid (76.04m) and Annette Echikunwoke (73.76m). DeAnna Price, already qualified for the Worlds because crowned in Doha in 2019, is fourth (73.07 m).
Finally, in the third final on Thursday, Andrew Evans won the discus contest with a throw of 63.31m, ahead of Dallin Shurts (62.32m) and Sam Mattis (62.25m).
Successful entry for Allyson Felix
At 36, multiple Olympic and world medalist Allyson Felix is living her last weeks of competition as she will end her career at the end of the season. She is competing in the United States Championships for the 21st time and, after a standing ovation from the public during the presentation, she perfectly managed her first lap in the 400m, winning in 52.30.
Automatically qualified for the Worlds thanks to his title in Doha over 400m hurdles in 2019, Dalilah Muhammad normally had to be at the start – at least – of his series to validate his ticket, this is the rule in force. But hit in a hamstring for a few days, she finally obtained a medical waiver from the American Federation authorizing her not to line up, and her package will not prevent her from defending her title in three weeks.
Her great rival over the low hurdles, the Olympic champion and world record holder (51”46) Sydney McLaughlin very quietly dominated her series, with a time of 54”11 and almost two seconds ahead of her pursuer, Ashley Spencer.
Brazier and Mu at the rendezvous
The 2019 world champion in the 800m, Donavan Brazier, is automatically qualified for the Worlds as the defending champion. Handicapped for several weeks by bursitis in his right foot and not entirely certain of being at the start in three weeks, he nevertheless seemed rather reassuring during his series, won in 1’46”49 at the cost of a handsome effort in the home stretch, for what was only his second 800m of the season after his appearance in Doha in the Diamond League (6th in 1’50”58).
For her part, the Olympic champion in the 800m Athing Mu, passed her race in the lead from start to finish, with a very comfortable margin on her followers before decelerating in the last 100m, to win in 2’1′ ’24. No worries either for Ajee Wilson and Raevyn Rogers in their series.