EM – Athletics – Namibia’s Mboma cemented sprint reputation in Brussels

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FILE PHOTO: Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 – Athletics – Women’s 200m – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Christine Mboma from Namibia celebrates after winning the silver medal REUTERS / Hannah Mckay

BRUSSELS: Namibia’s Christine Mboma cemented her growing reputation as the sprint champion of the future by beating a strong women’s 200 meter field in Brussels on Friday.

The Olympic silver medalist at the age of 18 left it too late, the Jamaican Shericka Overtaking Jackson and British World Champion Dina Asher-Smith in second and third in 21.84 seconds.

The time was only three hundred seconds below the personal best she ran in Tokyo, even the fastest time for a woman 20 years.

The race was held without the double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, who should have run in Brussels but was canceled due to a strained Achilles tendon.

Mboma and her nam Ibian teammate Beatrice Masilingi both reached the 200m final in Tokyo after being withdrawn from the 400m, arguably their better event after tests showed their natural testosterone levels were too high.

After the race, Mboma said that she was convinced that she could run even faster with her initial focus on the 200 meters.

“I think in a year or two I’ll run the 100 meters too and see what happens. I’ll just try to see, “she said.

Dutch 5,000 and 10,000 meter Olympic champion Sifan Hassan set a Brussels meeting record and the world best time for 2021 of four minutes and 14.74 seconds for the rarely run mile.

The Ethiopian-born runner, who was also Olympic third in the 1500 meters, had spoken out in favor of a world record over 10,000 meters in Brussels, but said she had opted for the shorter distance due to fatigue For most of the race she only had pacemakers on hand to keep her on course to break her own world record. In the end, she was just over two seconds off the personal best of 2019.

Almost 30,000 people in the King Badouin Stadium with 45,000 spectators also saw the US sprinter Fred Kerley, silver medalist in Tokyo, a close 100-meter victory over his compatriot Trayvon Bromell, the fastest man of the year 2021.

In a photo finish, Kerley lost 9.94 seconds, Bromell 9.97 and his American Michael Norman 9.98.

Olympic champion Armand Duplantis from Sweden was a clear winner in the pole vault with a jump of 6.05 meters , three centimeters above his victorious jump in Tokyo.

The Olympic silver medalist Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich from Kenya was also the clear winner over 800 meters in one minute and 43.81 seconds. Over 800 meters of the women, the British Olympic runner-up Keely Hodgkinson had to settle for second place again, this time behind the Jamaican Natoya Goule, who won in 1: 58.09.

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