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“This is complete idiocy.” Ecoactivists prevented athletes from finishing in the Diamond League

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 11:13:44

The seventh stage of the Diamond League ended in Stockholm. The main event of the tournament, perhaps, was another outrageous action by eco-activists, who almost interrupted the men’s 400-meter hurdles race.

What else happened in the Swedish capital?

“Such protests are disgustingly bad”

One of the stars of the stage in Stockholm was Karsten Warholm. The Norwegian did not disappoint his fans with an excellent result in the 400 m hurdles. The Olympic champion broke away from his pursuers very early and finally ran to the finish line in splendid isolation.

But Varholm was almost interrupted by eco-activists who ran onto the track. Three girls lined up at the finish line so that two “Restore the Wetlands” signs blocked nearly every lane. Luckily for Karsten, his last run was free and he finished safely with a time of 47.57 seconds.

All video rights belong to World Athletics. You can watch it on the Wanda Diamond League Youtube channel.

The rest were less lucky. The Italian Alessandro Sibilio, for example, had to go unnoticed among the posters. He ran to the finish line in second place, but was left without a medal in the end. The Estonian Rasmus Mägi, who also ran for the poster, managed to keep the third place. The second was Kyron McMaster, who, like Warholm, ran down an empty road.

“When I saw that there was some kind of protest, I got angry. This is complete idiocy. Yes, people should have the right to protest, but that’s disgustingly bad. This is the wrong path, and it doesn’t matter what drives you,” Warholm said.

There was also a protest at the World Snooker Championship:

“I have never seen anything like it. This is scary.” Protester disrupts world snooker championship

“I felt like I could conquer the world”

But not only eco-activists prevented athletes from showing great results in Stockholm. The weather made a big difference. It was rainy and windy in the Swedish capital on the day of the competition. As a result, even the start of the men’s pole vault had to be postponed for an hour and a half.

When the competition began, the main star of the night, Armand Duplantis, showed his strength. The Swede easily surpassed his rivals, taking 6.05 m Mondo tried to jump and 6.23 m, which is one centimeter higher than his own world record. However, all three attempts failed.

Armando Duplantis

Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

“I found the right rhythm despite the cold,” Duplantis said. – Of course, it was not the climate we wanted. I always want to jump well, especially here, as this is the biggest tournament besides the World Championship.

Duplantis world record video:

The ingenious Swedish springer creates amazing! Even the great Bubka did not set such records.

Mentally, I felt like I had a world record shot, so I wanted to give it a try. I also wanted to do this for the people who stayed late to see me. I wanted to get closer to the record, but maybe the weather and fatigue ended up taking their toll. I was very excited and felt like I could conquer the world.”

“I thought I would perform very poorly”

Despite the lack of records, there was room for sensations. So, in the men’s 400m race, Zakiti Nene won, running in 45.30 seconds. Even on the Oslo stage, the representative of South Africa was only the seventh. Nene’s best result of the season was second place (45.22) at the Ostrava Golden Spike.

In Stockholm, Zakiti beat Nigerian Emmanuel Bamidele (45.48) and Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith (45.57).

The women also showed an unexpected result in the long jump. The victory in the competition was obtained by the Italian Larisa Yapicino with a score of 6.69 m. For a 20-year-old, this is the second Diamond League win this season.

Yapichino managed to surpass the German Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo (6.66), who showed the best personal result of the season. Larisa left Olympic Games bronze medalist Ivan Vuleta (6.58) behind.

“Today was difficult because I had never raced in such bad weather. It was quite an experience for me”, admitted the Italian. “I thought I would do really bad, but I’m glad I managed to get some decent jumps.”

The next stage of the Diamond League will be held in Chorzow (Poland) on July 16.

At the previous stage, there was also a feeling:

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