Diamond League in Silesia: Julien Watrin finishes 5th in the 400m hurdles, one hundredth of his Belgian record

For the first time in its history, the Diamond League stopped in Poland this Saturday afternoon. In Chorzow, Silesia, our compatriot Julien Watrin, recent semi-finalist in the 400m hurdles at the world championships in Eugene where he also won a bronze medal with the Belgian Tornados, did a good dress rehearsal before the European championships from Munich. The Gaumais actually approached a hundredth of his Belgian record (48.90, June 14, in Bern), taking fifth place in the event in 48.91, the second time of his career under 49 seconds. Brazilian world champion Alison dos Santos won by setting a new meeting record of 47.80.

Also present in Poland, Anne Zagré finished 7th in her series of 100m hurdles in 13.16 (+1.0 m/s) and did not qualify for the final of the event. This was won in 12.34 by Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn. “The race didn’t go the way I wanted but I’m happy to be back racing after some traumatic races in Eugene”said Anne Zagré who, we remember, had fallen on the last hurdle when she had been authorized to run her series again, alone, at the Worlds.

Another record of the meeting, that established in the pole vault by the Olympic and world champion Armand Duplantis. In the rain, the Swede, who brought the world record to 6.21m in Eugene, crossed a bar at 6.10m on the third try before stopping his competition. It should also be noted that the 100m was won by American Trayvon Bromell in 9.95 (-0.7 m/s) ahead of his compatriot Marvin Bracy (10.00) and Jamaican Ackeem Blake (10.00). Christian Coleman, the 2019 world champion, took 4th place in 10.13.

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