Verena Meyer finished the all-around meeting in Ratingen in third place. The Austrian top player scored 6,254 points in the Olympic dress rehearsal and at the same time in her first heptathlon since bronze in the 2019 World Cup in Doha. Two years ago, she set a new ÖLV record of 6591, winning at Ratingen. Ivona Dadic, the second at the time, gave up on Saturday after three sessions due to knee pain.
Canadian Georgia Ellinwood won with 6,314 points, ahead of Benin’s Odile Ahwanoan (6274). Mayer (born Preiner) was just 60 points away from winning.
Strong performance on the second day
After a less-than-perfect first day – 100m hurdles in 13.55sec, in the high jump 1.76m, with the ball 13.82m and over 200m in 24.68sec – Meyer was more tense on the second day under control and had a solid performance. She jumped 6.02m, threw the javelin to 47.09m and completed the last 800m in 2:12.75.
“I’m very happy with the second day. On the long jump it was a bit unfortunate with the wind, I was too far off the board and then crossed again. Then the Spear fit well. I’ve tried everything above the 800, he lacks stamina, But it was definitely a good training session,” Meyer said.
In the end, holding an all-out competition was very important to her mentally. “It’s good to be fit and healthy again, I’m really looking forward to the training sessions that come before the Olympics.” On the weekend, you will compete in several individual disciplines at the state championship in Graz.