Pierce LePage vice-world champion in the decathlon | 2022 World Athletics Championships

The Canadian confirmed his silver medal and Canada’s fourth podium at these worlds with a time of 4 min 42 s 77/100 in the 1500m, which allowed him to maintain his lead over the bronze medalist, the American Zachery Ziemek, author of a time of 4:44.97. Frenchman Kevin Mayer, in 4:41.44, did what was necessary to confirm his second world title with 8816 points. Ziemek scored a total of 8676 points.

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With 8,701 points, LePage clearly improved on his personal best of 8,604 points established when he finished 5th at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. This is a first medal for him at the worlds, he who also finished 5th at the worlds. of 2019, in Qatar.

The feeling is difficult to explain, admitted the vice-world champion. I’m always so close to the goal in these competitions. […] I lead, but I always end up collapsing. But not today! I started with two unexpectedly great personal bests, and I built on that.

A knee injury has slowed LePage for the past two years. He was all the more delighted, in the circumstances, to have been able to get on the podium.

My training has been very rehab-focused recently, LePage explained. After the first day I was still in one piece, I could compete well with my rivals. It was great to do that decathlon and come out of it feeling pretty healthy.

Proud of his medal and his performance, Pierce LePage shares the details of his winning day.

LePage was 1st before the ninth event, the javelin throw, but then he ceded his provisional throne to Frenchman Kevin Mayer, who climbed to the top with a season-best throw of 70.31m for 8145 points.

Lepage, with his throw of 57.52 m, then had 8038 points, but he was closely followed by Ziemek, who was only 11 points behind.

After the first session of the day, the Canadian was ranked 1st with 7337 points. His impressive performances in the three afternoon races put him ahead of Ziemek (7256 points) and Mayer (7251 points).

In the 110m hurdles, the first event of the day, Lepage was the fastest. He recorded a time of 13 s 78/100, smashing his personal best.

Pierce Lepage jumps a hurdle in the 110m competition.

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He again surpassed his personal peak in the second discipline on the schedule, discus throwing. He reached 53.26m for the first time in his career and took 3rd place.

LePage then achieved his best result of the season in the pole vault, with a bar set at 5m.

Warner had to give up his quest for the world title after being injured during the 400m on Saturday evening.

Coming out of a corner, Warner grimaced and put his hand to his left leg. He remained seated on the track until the end of the race, but returned to the locker room on his own.

I’m not sure what happened, Warner said. Maybe it’s a torn hamstring or something. Certainly, it is not pleasant.

He then occupied the 1st place in the general classification.

Very close for the relay and Mohammed Ahmed

The 4 x 400m relay ended just off the podium for Canadians Natasha McDonald, Aiyanna Stiverne, Zoe Sherar and Kyra Constantine, who finished 4th in the final with a time of 3:25.18.

Rewatch the women’s 4 x 400m relay with the Canadian team.

We would have liked a medal. We are tired of being 4th. At the last Worlds, we were 5th, we finished 4th in Tokyo. We are 4th today. The next step is the medalassured Stiverne.

The Americans, in 3:17.79, took gold ahead of the Jamaicans (3:20.74) and the British (3:22.64). The crowd favorites therefore offered Allyson Felix, who participated in the qualifications of the event, his 20th and last medal at the worlds.

Canada also came close to the podium in the 5000m, where Canadian Olympic vice-champion Mohammed Ahmed had to settle for 5th place with his time of 13:10.46.

Mohammed Ahmed of Team Canada.

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Bronze medalist in this event at the 2019 worlds, Ahmed seemed in a good position to return to the podium a few tens of meters from the finish.

The Ugandan Oscar Chelimo however stole 3rd place from him in the last meters, and the Guatemalan Luis Grijalva took 4th position with his last efforts.

It’s always good to be in the top five, acknowledged Ahmed. The caliber of 5000m runners has never been higher, ever. Being part of it is historic.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway is the new world champion after stopping the clock at 13:09.24 ahead of Jacob Krop of Kenya in 13:10.20.

I had to stay in the group and wait until the very last moment to play my cards, explained the runner from St. Catharines, Ont. I saw Ingebrigtsen create a gap which I thought was very big, so I tried to take the outside. It stuck a bit. I thought I could go for the silver, but it went downhill in the last 50 yards. That’s life.

World records for Duplantis and Amusan

In the pole vault, already assured of gold, the Swede Armand Duplantis put the final touch to the 10 days of competition by crossing a bar set at 6.21 m, which earned him a world record.

Duplantis had already improved the record four times since February 2020, but each time indoors. The best mark outside remained that of the great Ukrainian Sergey Bubka (6.14 m in 1994).

The Swede edged out American Christopher Nilsen and Filipino Ernest John Obiena, who both managed an attempt at 5.94m.

In the 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan of Nigeria set not one, but two world records in less than two hours.

The 25-year-old was crowned world champion in the final with a time of 12.06s, ahead of Jamaican Britany Anderson (12.23s) and Puerto Rican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.23s)

In the semi-finals, Amusan covered the distance in 12.12 seconds, a time 8 hundredths of a second faster than the mark set in July 2016 by American Kendra Harrison, who participated in this same semi-final.

Harrison, also qualified for the final, was disqualified during the ultimate race.

Canadian Michelle Harrison was excluded from the final, having finished 4th in her semi-final in 12.74 s. This personal best, his second this year, was not enough to qualify him on time.

Michelle Harrison of Team Canada runs alongside Britany Anderson.

100m hurdles competition

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I am really happy. My goal was to improve my personal best, so I achieved my goal. […] These worlds have been a great learning experience, and it gives me confidence to be able to compete with these top riders.pointed out Harrison, who will participate in the Commonwealth Games from July 29.

Evan Dunfee 6th in the 35 km walk

Earlier Sunday, Canadian Evan Dunfee was the 6th to cross the finish line of the 35 km walk.

Italian Massimo Stano won in 2:23:14. He edged Japan’s Masatora Kawano by just one second. The latter did not stop putting pressure on the leader during the last laps.

He walks with a Canada cap and a Canada tank top.

Evan Dunfee had won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

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The Swede Perseus Karlström obtained the 3rd fastest time of the day, ie 2:23:44. He also picked up a hat in the colors of his country a few meters from the end of the race to put it on before crossing the finish line.

Dunfee meanwhile recorded a time of 2:25:02. After catching his breath, he wasted no time in congratulating the Swede with a long friendly hug.

It was a bit difficult physically and mentally, he admitted. To finish 6th is very satisfying. It was wonderful to have the support of my family and friends (in Eugene).

At the Tokyo Olympics last summer, the British Columbian won the bronze medal in the 50m walk. It was the first time that a representative of the maple leaf stood on the podium in this event at the Olympic Games.

I got used to the podium, Dunfee said with a smile. It’s always disappointing not to get there, even though I know I had a very good race.

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