Nafi Thiam passes a big test for her back and reaches 1m92 in the high jump: “I am super satisfied”

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Nafi Thiam finished seventh in the high jump at the Diamond League athletics in Paris on Saturday. The two-time Olympic champion in the heptathlon was over 1m92.

Sam VarewyckSource: BELGA

For Thiam it was only the first high jump competition of the year and especially the first major test after a serious back injury in the spring. With 1m92 she immediately equaled her season best of last year, when she achieved the same height at both the Games in Tokyo and the Memorial Van Damme. Thiam’s personal best has been 2m02 since 2019. The win in Paris went to the Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh with a best world year performance of 2m01.

“I am very satisfied”, said Thiam afterwards. “That I immediately go so high after all those back problems is really great. After that injury, I’ve only done three high jump workouts, one with a full run on Tuesday, and it was catastrophic. This gives a lot of confidence. If you know how little I have been able to train, I should definitely be able to go higher at the World Cup in July. And hopefully already in Liège.” On her home track, Thiam will complete both the 100m hurdles and the high jump on June 29. First, the Belgian Championship in Gentbrugge is scheduled for next weekend. “I choose the long jump and the hurdles,” she said.

The double Olympic champion has now completed four of her six preparation matches for the World Cup. “I’m on the right track. It is through these kinds of competitions that my confidence rises. I try to think less about that back injury.”

In Paris, Thiam missed the limit for the European Championship in Munich in August, where she may want to jump high. 1m95 is required for this. “I didn’t even know that was the limit,” she said. “Just to say: my focus is completely on the World Cup in Eugene.”

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