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The American

Christian Coleman reigned this Friday in the 60 meters

, to close the list of winners on the opening day of the Glasgow 2024 World Indoor Athletics Championships, in Scotland.

Everything went well for the northerner in the final, from the takeoff of the blocks to the assault on the finish line:

6.41 seconds after the starting shot

.

In a sudden way, he set a new limit for the winter season, and in the process recovered a title that he had won for the first and only time in the 2018 Birmingham edition.

The also champion in the 100 meters of the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships left good feelings from the eliminatory segment, which he completed with a time of 6.49 seconds.

Then, he equaled the 6.43 reference in the year's ranking, held by Noah Lyles, his compatriot and bitter rival.

He did not make the maximum effort to achieve a different outcome and had to settle for second position.

His 6.44 seconds would be winners in any other race, but

now they were only enough to relegate Jamaican Ackeem Blake (6.46) to third place.

Moments before the spectacular closing of the day, the candidates for the pentathlon throne had completed their exhausting program, successfully defended by the Belgian Noor Vidts.

For this he completed 4,773 points

, after covering the 60 meters with hurdles (8.27 seconds), the high jump (1.79 m), the shot put (14.26 m), the long jump (6.50 m) and the 800 meters (2:12.99 minutes).

Saga Vanninen (4,677), from Finland, and the Dutch Sofie Dokter (4,571) followed him in that order.

The coronations began early this Friday and the honor went to

Canadian Sarah Mitton, with a shot of 20.22 meters in the shot put.

She is a silver medalist at the Budapest 2023 universal event and Pan-American champion, she won the first medal in her country in this indoor event.

There was an interesting fight in the throwing circle, as the German Yemisi Ogunleye was barely four centimeters away from surpassing the winning record.

A little further away was the best shot of the American Chase Jackson (19.67 m), owner of the bronze medal.

In the high jump,

Australian Nicola Olyslagers also made history.

Never before had an exponent from the Continent Island reigned in this specialty, which she accomplished by beating the rod at 1.99 meters from the ground.

Her long-awaited battle with the Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchikh (1.97 m) and the Slovenian Lia Apostolovski (1.95 m) satisfied expectations, even though neither managed to successfully jump over two meters.

American Ryan Crouser, a true institution in shot put, was responsible for erasing the first record of the competition in the Scottish capital.

When

he sent the implement up to 22.71 meters,

he put an expiration date on the record for these races of 22.53, held by Brazilian Darlan Romani for only two years.

The New Zealander Tomas Walsh – another reference in the specialty – and the Italian Leonardo Fabbri took over the rest of the prizes, with shots of 22.07 and 21.96 meters, respectively.

The opening date of the competition also hosted the races prior to the 400 meter final for each sex and the Dutch star Femke Bol did not miss the opportunity to leave clues about her intentions.

The winner of the silver medal in Belgrade 2022 completed her first race with a time of 52.00 seconds, without a shadow of demand.

In the semifinal she put a little more pace to leave a 50.66 as a sign that great news may come with the decisive race, set for this Saturday.

The small Cuban delegation plans to take action in the afternoon session of the second day, with Lázaro Martínez and Cristian Nápoles among the 14 candidates finally registered to compete for the triple jump title.

Lázaro will start as defender of the crown won two years ago in Serbia, and although he has not had the best possible start to the season, he has the conditions to get on the podium.

The same applies to Naples, backed by the bronze world medal won a year ago in Budapest.

(Taken from JIT)