In the absence of world record holder in the 400m hurdles Karsten Warholm, who is trying to recover in time for the Worlds from a small tear in his hamstring, it is the other national star Jakob Ingebrigtsen that the public Norwegian had come to encourage on the mile, this Thursday evening, in Oslo. The 21-year-old did not disappoint, with a victory in 3.46.46 (a new Norwegian record), even though he let Steve Cram’s European record (3.46 .32). In a race conducted at an extremely high tempo, Ismaël Debjani preferred to get up, feeling that Pieter-Jan Hannes’ Belgian record (3.51.84) would once again be out of reach this year.
The other great protagonist of the evening was, without much surprise, Armand Duplantis. In the pole vault, the Swede made light of the rainy conditions which enveloped the Bislett Stadium and improved his best performance of the year by one centimeter, raising it to 6.02 m (meeting record) before to stop following two attempts at 6.10 m. Promising for the rest of the season. “My jumps were good in these conditions but at the end I had no legs because the competition dragged on due to the interruption”noted Duplantis.
Fourth in this risky competition, our compatriot Ben Broeders did not approach his new Belgian record (5.85 m), having to settle for 5.60 m after three failures at 5.70 m.
Dutchwoman Femke Bol (52.61 over 400m hurdles) and Poland’s Pawel Fajdek (80.56m hammer throw) distinguished themselves by setting two other meeting records, the first setting the second fastest time recorded in 2022.