Fimk Paul undefeated at the World Championships in Athletics, Armand Duplantis' world record in Stockholm |  other sports

Fimk Paul undefeated at the World Championships in Athletics, Armand Duplantis’ world record in Stockholm | other sports

Diamond LeagueUnbeaten Fimk Ball in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene. The bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics also convincingly won the Diamond League race in Stockholm.

She finished the race at 52.27, her best time of the year. It was also her best time ever in the Diamond League and came close to the Dutch record of 52.03.

Jamaican Rachel Clayton finished second with a time of 53.90. Third place goes to Anna Ryzhikova from Ukraine with a time of 54.33.

Paul is leaving for the World Championships in Eugene, USA, which begins on July 15, as a candidate for a medal. Only one athlete was faster this year. American Sidney McLaughlin recently set a world record of 51.41.

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The Amersfoort athlete continued her winning streak in the Diamond League in Stockholm. She won all six races in the leading athletics series last year and has already won three this season (Rome, Oslo and Stockholm).

“It was a good race, but not perfect yet,” Paul said shortly after the race. I don’t remember everything about the race, but I do remember that the first five or six hurdles went really well and that I hit the last hurdle. So I am very happy this time and I hope to show something very special in Eugene.”

Leakey Claver is second at 400 metres

Lieki Claver also performed well. Enkhuizense finished second in the 400 metres, with a time of 50.96 metres. Evelyn Salberg, who, like Claver, can compete individually at this distance in the World Cup, ran to fourth at 52.92. Poland’s Anna Kelpasinska won with a time of 50.60.

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Joris van Gool was allowed to compete in the 100 metres. Lamont Olympic champion Marcel Jacobs, who withdrew shortly before the race, took the place. Van Goul sprinted to sixth with a time of 10.38 seconds. South Africa’s Akane Sempin was the fastest with a time of 10.02. Jessica Schilder came fourth on the shot with a distance of 19.07. American Chase Ellie was the only one to hit 20 meters: 20.48.

Runners win gold in the 4x100m race

The Dutch quartet won the 4x100m relay at the Diamond League in Stockholm. Athletes Elvis Afrifa, Timir Burnett, Joris van Goul and Raphael Pogo scored 38.70 seconds.

This time it was well above the Dutch record (37.91), but it was good to win. The Danish team ranked second with a time of 39.26 seconds and Finland in third place with a time of 39.31 seconds.

The race in the Swedish capital was a preparation for the Dutch sprinters for the World Championships in Eugene, USA, which begins in two weeks. The IAAF will use a total of five relay teams: men’s and women’s 4×100, men’s and women’s 4×400 and mixed 4×400.

Tony van Diepen, Terence Agard, Timir Burnett and Nick Smedt with their bronze medals at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March.
Tony van Diepen, Terence Agard, Timir Burnett and Nick Smedt with their bronze medals at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March. © SCS / Soenar Chamid

Armand Duplantis world record

Armand Duplantis broke his world record in the outdoor pole vault by one centimeter to 6.16 metres. The Swede reached this height on his second attempt in the Diamond League in Stockholm with a near-perfect jump. His old record of 6.15 was set in September 2020.

22-year-old Duplantis jumped higher inside. He set the official world record of 6.20m at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March. The Olympic champion was also present at the FBK Games in Hengelo this year. Then the attack on the world record failed due to rain.

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Armand Duplantis.
Armand Duplantis. © Reuters

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