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Cuban triple jumpers shine at the start of the Diamond League

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The Cubans Peter Paul Pichardo and Andy Díaz stood on the podium of the men’s triple jump this Friday at the Doha Athletic Meeting, a test that marked the start of the diamond league 2023 and in which Lazaro Martinezthe only one representing the island’s federation, held the fourth seat.

In the Qatari event, Pichardo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion with the colors of Portugal, stretched to 17.91 meters to lead a competition marked by excessive wind that prevented validating some records, according to the note published by the sports portal Hit.

At the time of that jump, the anemometer read 2.1 meters/second, a wind speed slightly higher than 2.0, which would allow the jump to be classified as the most outstanding in the current season.

Hugues Fabrice Zango from Burkinabe had better luck, who finished second with 17.81 meters, a jump that did go on to lead the universal ranking, while Andy Díaz (17.80), another Cuban based in Italy, took third place.

The medium remembers that in that same order the three triple jumpers had taken the podium of the specialty in the World athletics championshipheld last year in the American city of Eugene.

The 3.1 m/s wind also prevented Lázaro Martínez from now having a 17.71-meter stretch as his personal best, which now earned him fourth place. The world indoor champion in 2022 has a jump of 17.50 meters as the best outdoor record, achieved almost at the end of the previous season.

The initial stop of the prestigious athletic circuit served for several of its protagonists to become benchmarks of the current ranking.

points Hit that among these were the records of the rally contributed by the American Sha’Carri Richardson, with 10.76 seconds in the 100 meters, and by the Ethiopian Lamecha Girma, who stopped the clocks in 7:26.18 minutes after covering the 3,000 meters.

Also graceful, with leading records for the campaign, other Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions began their actions, such as the Indian javelinist Neeraj Chopra, winner with 88.67 meters; the Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, with 3:58.57 minutes in the 1,500 meters; and the American pole vaulter Katie Moon, formerly known by the last name Nageotte, who surpassed the height of 4.81 meters, points out Hit.

Puerto Rican Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Olympic queen, added another victory in the 100 meter hurdles thanks to a time of 12.48 seconds. American Benjamin Rai, another Olympic gold medalist, won the 400m hurdles in 47.78 seconds.

Fred Kerley, also an American, completed the double hectometre with a time of 19.92 seconds and the Algerian Slimane Moula scored the best time in the 800 meters with 1:46.06 minutes.

Latin America enjoyed the dominance of the Dominican Marileidy Paulino in the return to the oval with a time of 50.51 seconds. Meanwhile, the hosts were left wanting to see their idol reign in the high jump. Mutaz Essa Barshim, champion under the five rings in the Japanese capital, anchored third this time with 2.24 meters, somewhat far from the American Ju Vaughan (2.32) and the South Korean Woo Sanghyeok (2.27).

The next stop of the League will be in Rabat, Morocco. The sixth edition of the Mohamed VI international rally will take place on May 28 and among the tests called are the triple jump, the bullet propulsion and the 800 meters for women. The men will be in the hectometre, the 400 and 800 meters, in addition to the 110 with hurdles.

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