Illustration photo – 2022 World Championships in Athletics in Eugene. Pictured is Radek Juška in Oregon on July 15.
Eugene (USA) – Distance runner Radek Juška finished fourth in the finals of the athletics Diamond League, where he only made it as a substitute. After the last attempt, which was 810 centimeters long, he even moved to the third place in Eugene, but immediately he was surpassed by the Japanese Yuki Hashioka by five centimeters. In the absence of world champion and Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglu, the winner was Switzerland's Simon Ehammer, who, like runner-up Tajay Gayle of Jamaica, jumped 822cm and had a better second attempt. World records were set by pole vaulter Armand Duplantis with a performance of 623 centimeters and Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegayová in the 5000 meter run.
Juška started only once in the regular part of the Diamond League. As the seventh man from the World Championships in Budapest, he finished fourth in Zurich and is still among the elite today. For the fifth time in the season, he recorded an eight-meter performance in the race. His fourth attempt measured 807 centimeters, in the end he improved by three centimeters. After Saturday's triumph of javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch, he took care of the second Czech performance in this year's final.
“At the end of the 810 season, without a board. It was great. So I expected that it could be at the end season more, which would have been if I had hit the board exactly. Then it could have been the 825. But history doesn't ask that,” said the Czech record holder in a recording for the media.
He took the next step to participate in the Olympic Games in Paris. “We are planning the Olympics as the highlight of next season, I could move closer with today's points,” reflected Juška. He will have to rely on his position in the world rankings if he does not jump the sharp limit of 827 centimeters at the beginning of the next season.
Duplantis broke his own world record for the second time at Hayward Field in Eugene. After his success at last year's World Championships, where he jumped 621 centimeters, in today's final of the Athletics Diamond League, he became the first person in history to cross the bar at a height of 623 centimeters. He thus improved by one centimeter the maximum he set in February at an indoor meeting in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
The twenty-three-year-old Swedish pole vaulter born in the USA pushed the limit of human possibilities in the pole vault for the seventh time. He attacked the world record several times this outdoor season, but despite a number of promising attempts, the successful one did not come until today. He crossed the bar for the first time. Although she was trembling, she remained on the stands.
Tsegay improved Kenyan Faith Kipyegon's June performance from the meeting in Paris by almost five seconds in the five-kilometer distance on the track. She pushed the new maximum to 14:00.21 minutes. After four years, she returned the world record to Ethiopian possession, before Kipyegonova, the world record holder was Letesenbet Gidey. Two-time world champion Tsegay holds the second all-time record, she has been the indoor world record holder for 1500 meters for two years.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran the second European record in the final weekend. After Saturday's triumph over the mile, the star Norwegian shined today in the 3000-meter race, where he got a wild card. He improved his own continental maximum from this year's Paris by 37 hundredths to 7:23.63 minutes. He had to fight hard for the victory, at the finish line he defended it by a hundredth of a second ahead of the chasing Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha.
The finals were also decorated with the best women's high-altitude competition this year. The Ukrainian Jaroslava Mahučichová and the Australian Nicola Olyslagersová broke the bar at a height of 203 centimeters, which also improved their joint best performance of the season by a centimeter. Thanks to a better entry, Mahučichová won.