Lukas Weißhaidinger showed it again with strength / archive photo
Tuesday 14 September 2021 | 10:33 PM
His last litter of the season was discus thrower Lukas Weißhaidinger on Tuesday in Zagreb with a distance of 66.21 metres, a solid distance and second place in Zagreb. In the Continental Tour meeting, Olympic third place was behind Swedish Olympic champion Daniel Stahl (67.79) by 1.58m, while Slovenian under-23 world record holder Christian Sieh came third with 65.17m. Simon Peterson (SWE/64.77) and Frederick Duckers (JAM/64.69) landed next to the podium.
“This way I can finish the season with peace of mind,” said the 29-year-old from Weißhaidinger. “With sixth place in Zurich and a moderate 63.20m, I didn’t want to go on vacation.” Coach Gregor Hogler was surprised: “Lucas suffered from back pain and his technique for five attempts. But then he got the last trash perfectly. I would have never thought he would still be able to go this far in the 15th and final competition of the season. And that once again shows his nerve-strength and class.” .
Francine Niyonsaba achieved the international highlight of the evening with a new world best over 2000 metres, the middle-distance athlete from Burundi winning in 5:21.56, making the 28-year-old nearly four seconds short of his 27-year-old. Irish outdoor sign Sonia O’Sullivan stayed. Niyonsaba also destroyed the previous best internal time of Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba by more than two seconds.
According to a ruling by the International Court of Sports (CAS) in May 2019, Nyonsaba is affected by the testosterone limit for middle-distance runners with intersex abilities, and therefore is not allowed to run longer than 800 metres. During both rounds of the stadium, she won the Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. At this summer’s Games in Tokyo, Niyonsaba was disqualified for over 5,000m, and over 10,000m was enough for a fifth place finish.
From: APA / Reuters
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