Track & field world championships Oregon22 Saturday highlights

 Track & field world championships Oregon22 Saturday highlights

Emmanuel Ihemeje had medals on his mind when he settled into the runway for his last attempt in the men’s triple jump final.

What followed was the best jump of his outdoor career, though it was a few inches short of making the podium.

Ihemeje, a three-time NCAA champion for the Ducks, finished in fifth place at 56 feet, 4 inches, though the plus-2.6 wind will keep it from counting in the Oregon record book.

Still, it was a big improvement on an international stage for the sophomore from Italy who was 11th at the Tokyo Olympics last summer when his best mark was 54-2½.

“We call it ‘Lobo’ here at Oregon, last one best one,” Ihemeje said of his final attempt. “So, a lot of positivity compared from last year in Tokyo . A little bit of pain because the podium was that close.”

Italy’s Emanuel Ihemeje lands during the men’s triple jump final at the World Athletics Championships Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo won gold at 58-10¾, Burundi’s Hagues Fabrice Zango was the runner-up at 57-7 and China’s Yaming was the bronze medalist at 56-9½.

Ihemeje said the experience of competing at his college stadium in a meet of this magnitude was, “Beautiful. I’m really proud that I could handle it and have fun with it and actually did OK. … I’m leaving this championship with proudness.”

— Chris Hansen

United States qualifies for men’s 4×400 race

In the first of two men’s 4×400 meter heats Saturday afternoon, the United States blew by the competition. 

The team, with the quartet of Vernon Norwood, Elija Godwin, Bryce Deadmon and Trevor Bassitt, finished with a time of 2:58.96, coming in first place. Japan (3:01.53) and Jamaica (3:01.59) also qualified for Sunday night’s final. 

Team USA’s Elija Godwin hands off the baton to teammate Vernon Norwood in the first round of the men’s 4x400 meter relay Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Belgium won the second heat as Dylan and Kevin Borlee, Julien Watrin and Jonathan Sacoor recorded a time of 3:01.96. That was ahead of the Czech Republic (3:03.42) and Poland (3:02.51). 

Trinidad and Tobago (3:02.75) and France (3:03.13) also earned spots in the final. 

Antwan Staley

Allyson Felix comes out of retirement for 4×400 meter relay

United States finished first in the first heat of the 4×400 race as they recorded a time of 3:23.38. Great Britain and France finished second and third and qualified for Sunday’s final. The Netherlands, which initially finished third, was disqualified after dropping the baton and impeding on another team. 

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