Van Klinken gained a reputation in the United States for discus throwing while he was a student at the University of Arizona. She has won the prestigious American Student Championship for the past two years. Last year, the born Assense took first place in the world rankings for a long time with a throw of 70.22 metres. She was the fourth woman of this century to exceed 70 metres.
With her throw of 65.66 metres, she finished second in the heats. Only the American Olympic champion Valary Allmann went further: 68.36 meters. Van Klinken dared to say out loud that she would win a medal in the final. “Why not? I think I’m among the medal candidates, so it’s a good target.”
Van Klinken said conditions at Hayward Field were favorable for discus throwing. “There was a headwind and that’s perfect. I honestly expected there would be more, but that was a disappointment. This second place to me is somewhat surprising, also because I had an injury to the top of my leg a couple of weeks ago, just in the moment when I felt in her that a very good shape was coming.”
Also for this reason, Van Klinken was pleased with the 65.66. “The injury did not affect the figure. This is a relief.”
Barshim’s third consecutive world title in the high jump
Qatar’s high jumper Mutaz Barshim won the world title for the third time in a row. He won the gold medal in Eugene with a jump of 2.37 metres. He made another attempt at 2.42, but failed.
“Three consecutive world titles in the high jump have never been won,” Barshim said. “I have a big name in the sport, but I don’t feel better. I still don’t have the world record,” said the player, who shared the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo last year with Italian Gianmarco Tampere.
Cuban Javier Sotomayor has set the world record since 1993 with a distance of 2.45 metres. Barshim’s highest jump is 2.43 metres.
Another hat trick
Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas won the world triple jump title for the third time in a row. Her best jump was 15.47 metres. She is also the Olympic champion and world record holder with 15.67.
Kenya’s Faith Kipigon won the world title in the 1500m over Sivan Hasan. The Dutch athlete crossed this distance in Eugene. She ran the 10,000m and is still running the 5,000m. Kipyegon, who won the Olympic title in the 1500m in Tokyo last year, won the final in Eugene with a time of 3.52.96.
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