July 14, 2022, 9:39 AM
July 14, 2022, 9:39 AM
Sprinter Allyson Felix, American track and field legend, he will say goodbye to the slopes in front of his audience this Friday in the mixed 4×400 meter relay race, one of the high points of the opening day of the World Championships in Eugene (Oregon).
– The lap of honor for Felix –
In addition to the emotional goodbye to Felix, the 4×400 meter mixed relay they could also premiere the triumphs of the United States in the first World Athletics Championships that it hosts in history.
After failing to qualify for the 400 meters, Felix was chosen for the relays so that she can close with a flourish and in front of her fans an exceptional career that includes 11 Olympic medals (7 gold), a record in women’s athletics.
In his career in the World CupsFelix will reach his tenth participation and he will be able to extend his also unmatched record of 18 medals at Eugene’s Hayward Field.
In Doha-2019, the Californian anda was part of the American victory in the first appearance in the mixed relay program.
36 years old, Felix has been outlining his new life off the slopes with projects to support athletes who, like her, combine their sports careers with motherhood.
– 100 m: How is Jacobs? –
After some sprinters battle it out in the preliminary round in the morning, the men’s 100 meter test will celebrate its series in the afternoon with many focuses on the physical condition of the Italian Marcell Jacobs, the surprising champion in Tokyo-2020.
Jacobs, born in the American city of El Paso (Texas), kept the path of victory in March in the 60m of the Indoor World Championship in Belgrade but in the 100m he has not been able to prove himself in any international competition.
At the end of june withdrew from the Diamond League meeting from Stockholm due to discomfort in the buttock, which is added to another thigh injury in recent weeks.
Jacobs, 27, was left without the desired shoot just two weeks away from facing fearsome rivals like Fred Kerley, silver in Tokyo, who has just dazzled in the US championship in June with a time of 9.76 in the semifinals.
On Wednesday, the Italian federation confirmed that his star will be on the starting line in Eugene and his coach Paolo Camossi assured that his physical problems “have been resolved”.
– Latin America and Spain for the first podiums –
The World Cup will experience its first finals with the women’s and men’s 20-kilometre walk races, where Spain and several Latin American countries hope to hunt medals.
To the first World Cup podium the best of the women’s race will rise, where the Spanish María Pérez wants to climb the decisive step after finishing in fourth place at the Tokyo-2020 Games.
The Italian Antonella Palmisano and the Colombian Sandra Arenas, Olympic gold and silver winnerswill be absent from Eugene, opening up the competition even more to Latin American marchers such as the Mexican Alegna González (fifth in Tokyo-2020), the Peruvian Kimberly García or the Ecuadorian Glenda Morejón.
In the men’s race, the Spaniard Álvaro Martín will also try to compensate of his fourth place in the Games taking advantage of the absence of the winner, the Italian Massimo Stano, who signed up for the 35 km.
The also Spanish Diego García Carrera, sixth in Tokyo-2020, the Colombian Eider Arévalo, world champion in London-2017, and the Ecuadorian Brian Pintado will also fight to strike on the opening day of the World Cup.