Javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch qualified for the World Championship final on Sunday in Budapest. This year’s world ranking leader broke the qualifying limit by half a meter with his second attempt of 83.50m. Weightlifter Michaela Hrubá did not qualify for the final. She knocked the bar down three times from a height of 189 centimeters.
The limit caused unexpected problems for the lancers. Indian Olympic champion Niraj Čopra handled it brilliantly on the first throw, improving this year to 88.77m. Granada’s Anderson Peters, winner of the last two championships, cannot match Jan Železný’s hat trick. He stayed below eighty meters in qualifying, as did Julius Yego, the 2015 Kenyan world champion.
Vadlejch started his performance at his sixth world championship with a throw of 81.34m. The second pitch opened the door to the final for the fourth time. He won silver there in 2017 and bronze in Eugene last year.
Hrubá cleared 190cm during the Diamond League in Chorzów this year, the qualifying limit of 194cm would have equaled her personal best, but she didn’t even come close. In the end, 192 centimeters was enough to move forward.
Only defending Australian champion Eleanor Patterson and Ukrainian Jaroslava Mahučichová, twice second in the last championships, jumped without making a mistake. Her compatriot Julia Levčenková won silver at the 2017 World Championships, but she will not participate in the final.
Hrubá jumped three heights to 185cm on his first attempt, but 189cm was beyond his strength. Sunday’s high jump final will therefore take place without Czech representation. “It’s hard to assess, 185 is not such a good performance. If it was 189 and three crosses for 192, it would definitely be better. But unfortunately, that’s how it is. I have to accept it and at the the less you know what to work on for the coming years,” said Hrubá, who returned to the World Championship after six years.
Two attempts at 189 centimeters were tight. “Above all, I probably missed a bit of luck. Otherwise, I don’t know, I didn’t see the videos, unfortunately they didn’t show us on the screens, so I didn’t hear back “, explained the Czech top flight. She was a little annoyed that she hadn’t seen the recording during the race. “When you know what you’re doing wrong, you pay more attention to it,” she added.
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