Quarterbacks finished fifth in relay at HMS, Rojasová and Duplantis broke records

Belgrade – Quarterbacks Patrik Šorm, Vít Müller, Tadeáš Plaček and Pavel Maslák finished fifth in the relay at the World Indoor Championships. They equaled the best results of the Czech team, which was supported by Šorm in the individual race and pentathlete Dorota Skřivanová. While five years ago, the Czech Republic had won seven medals at the HME in Belgrade, the Czechs are leaving the World Indoor Championships without a precious metal. The latter happened to them in 2008 in Valencia. In the open, they similarly failed at the last Worlds in 2019 in Doha.

The final day of the World Indoor Championships offered two world records. In the morning, Yulimar Rojasová took care of the historic triple jump record, which with his last attempt in the final improved his own world record by an unprecedented 31 centimeters to 15.74 meters. Its maximum in the open air is seven centimeters shorter. In the evening, Armand Duplantis was the first pole vaulter in history to exceed 620 centimeters.

Compared to the morning start, the Czechs have changed the order of the competitors in the relay. Current top Czech quarterback Šorm started and national record holder Maslák returned as finisher. In a balanced race, the Czechs, silver medalists at the HME last year, finished just ahead of the British and seventeen hundredths behind fourth-placed Poland. They were separated from the bronze Dutch by a second and seven hundredths. “Overall we will be happy over time. I think it was at least fourth to third in time. It was not an ideal race for anyone, there was a lot of attacks, a lot in advance. It was tactically demanding,” commented the position on Czech television Maslák.

Venezuelan Rojasová confirmed her sovereignty from the start of the triple jump race and jumped 15.19 for the first time with a big undershoot. In the second and fourth attempts, she made long jumps, and in the fifth series she approached the world record by seven centimeters with a performance of 15.36. In the end, as a certain three-time world champion, she achieved a new all-time high. This time, the board’s electronic device lit up green to indicate a valid attempt.

Just like at the Tokyo Olympics, she kept the best until the sixth attempt, when she set an outdoor high of 15.67. “I don’t feel any different, but it’s a jump to celebrate. Maybe one day I’ll be known as the ‘sixth jump girl,'” she told the World Athletics website. . At twenty-six, he does not want to say the last word. “I was born to jump sixteen meters,” she said. Silver Maryna Bechová-Romančuková won the one-metre silver medal, Jamaican Kimberley Williams (14.62) was third.

Duplantis again broke the world record after thirteen days in Belgrade. He won the second world trophy, the first in the hall, after Olympic gold in Tokyo. The Swedish pole vaulter was not mistaken on the way to victory. In four successful attempts, he reached 605 centimeters. It was longest resisted by 2016 Olympic winner Thiago Braz of Brazil, who improved the South American record to 595 centimeters. Bronze was won by American Christopher Nilsen (590).

When the battle for the medals ended, the Duplantis gala continued. Twice he simply stood up to a 620 centimeter bar and stared at it, rolled it a third time and made history at the age of twenty-two. He broke the senior world record for the fourth time in his career.

Samuel Tefera defended the Ethiopian title over 1,500 meters. In the end, he beat world record holder Jakob Ingebrigtsen from Norway and broke the championship record with a performance of 3:32.77. He improved his time from his compatriot Haile Gebrselassie by one second in 1999.

The favorite in the 60-meter hurdles, which ended in the semi-final for Petr Svoboda, was won by American favorite Grant Holloway. After equaling his own world record of 7.29 in the semi-finals, he was a tenth slower in the final, but still won by eleven hundredths ahead of Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagard. Home fans were thrilled by long distance runner Ivana Vuletaová, who was the first long distance runner this season to break the seven meter mark and with her performance of 706 centimeters she defended the world indoor four gold years from Birmingham. She got it under the maiden name Španovičová.



1500m: 1. Tefera (Et.) 3: 32.77, 2. J. Ingebrigtsen (NOR) 3: 33.02, 3. Kipsang (Kenya) 3: 33.36.

3000m: 1. Barega 7: 41.38, 2. Girma (both Et.) 7: 41.63, 3. Scott (Brit.) 7: 42.02.

60 m BC: 1. Holloway (USA) 7.39, 2. Martinot-Lagarde (Fr.) 7.50, 3. Eaton (USA) 7.53, … in the semi-finals 23. Freedom (Czech Republic) – did not qualify for the final.

Height: 1. Sang-hjok (Korea) 234, 2. Gasch (Switzerland), 3. Tamberi (It.) and Kerr (N. Zél.) All 231.

Stem: 1. Duplantis (Sweden) 620 – world record, 2. Braz (BRA) 595, 3. Nilsen (USA) 590.

4x400m: 1. Belgium (Watrin, Doom, Sacoor, K. Borlée) 3: 06.52, 2. Spain 3: 06.82, 3. Netherlands 3: 06.90, …5. CR (Šorm, Müller, Plaček, Maslák) 3:07.98.


800m: 1. Wilson (USA) 1: 59.09, 2. Hailu (St.) 2: 00.54, 3. Nakaayi (Ug.) 2: 00.66.

Distance: 1. Vuleta (SRB) 706, 2. Brume (NGA) 685, 3. Ugen (Brit.) 682.

Triple jump: 1. Rojasová (VEN) 15.74 – world record, 2. Bechová-Romančuková (UKR) 14.74, 3. Williamsová (Jam.) 14.62.

4x400m: 1. Jamaica (Bromfield, Russell, McGregor, McPherson) 3: 28.40, 2. Netherlands 3: 28.57, 3. Poland 3: 28.59.

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