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World Champions in action – runblogrun

World Champions in action - runblogrun

This is the first column by Stuart Weir on the Zurich Weltklasse, which was held on August 31, 2023, the first major event post-World Championships.

World Champions in action

A recurring theme of the evening was how well the champions of Budapest – or champions of the world rather – manage to motivate themselves for another race so quickly?

Sha’Carri Richardson stormed to victory in the 100 in 10.88 – a bit slower than the 10.65 in Budapest. Richardson commented: “I am feeling really good for being able to finish this season as fast as I can. I am definitely grateful, and I am excited with the way this season is going”. Shericka Jackson won again 21.82 in Zurich compared to 21.41 in Budapest. Jackson said: “This full house is wonderful; I enjoyed the atmosphere a lot. I wanted to come out here and perform. To be honest, the season has not finished yet”.

Sha’Carri RICHARDSON wins the Women’s 100m with a time of 10.88 at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Zurich on 31 Aug 2023, photo by Diamond League AG

Danielle Williams was for many people a surprise winner of the 100m hurdles in Budapest, but she again beat Keni Harrison, Alaysha Johnson, and Nia Ali.  Williams commented: “It is a wonderful feeling coming out here as a World Champion. I mean, I have to give all the thanks for that. The race was a bit slower than I expected, but you know, I came out injury-free and with a win, so I can’t complain”.

Noah Lyles 19.80 again proved himself to be the best over 200m

Yared NUGUSE wins the Men’s 1500m with a time of 3:30.49 at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Zurich on 31 Aug 2023

Josh Kerr  (3:30.51) seemed to have won the 1500 but was passed on the line by Nared Nuguse (3:30.49), who commented: “My mindset is always like ‘Never give up. Keep going, keep trying. I was going for it when Kerr opened on the inside. It was a great competition, a great time for me. This race was amazing. I always have a strong finish, I am pretty happy now. I would say that I kept this race interesting”.

Kyron McMaster wins the Men’s 400m Hurdles with a time of 47.27 at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Zurich on 31 Aug 2023, by Diamond League AG

Kyron McMaster was a shock winner in Budapest in the 400h, and he pulled off the shock of the night, beating Karsten Warholm 47.27 to 47.30.  McMaster said: “It feels good to get this win after the World Championships last week. I executed and did what I had to…

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