Track and field

Swiss elite starts in Langenthal

LIGHTWEIGHT ATHLETICS At the start of the Swiss Championships in Langenthal, the fastest Swiss woman and the fastest Swiss woman will be chosen on Friday. Mujinga Kambundji and Silvan Wicki are favorites.

The women’s 100 m sprint promises to be particularly exciting. In this discipline, Mujinga Kambundji (season best time 11.07), Salomé Kora (11.12) and Ajla Del Ponte (11.18) fight for the medals.

In the men’s category, Silvan Wicki (10.28) wants to successfully defend the 100 m title. Alex Wilson, who recently had to take a break from competition due to back problems, is registered for both the 100 m and the 200 m. However, William Reais, who suffered a slight muscle injury in Geneva on the weekend before last, canceled.

In the hurdles sprints, the shape curves of last year’s winners Jason Joseph and Ditaji Kambundji are not in the same direction. While the Bernese run one personal best after the other and undercut the 13 mark in 12.94 seconds, the Basler has not been in shape since the start of the season. Problems in the hamstrings are troubling him. The Swiss record holder will decide at short notice whether he will start on Sunday.

On Friday and Saturday the focus will be on Lea Sprunger, among others. The World Cup 4. competes over 400 m hurdles for the first time this season The preliminary run should already provide information as to whether the small tear on the Achilles tendon has completely healed.

Until a few days ago, the decathlon was the highlight of the upcoming title fights. Simon Ehammer announced the hunt for the Swiss record and the Olympic limit. But the 21-year-old Appenzeller had to pull the emergency brake because of a stubborn inflammation in the groin area. Nevertheless, Ehammer will start in two disciplines in Langenthal. Over 110 m hurdles and in the long jump he is one of the medal candidates.

In 2021, the title fights will take place earlier than usual, so that they still fall into the qualifying period for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which ends on Tuesday. Because there are a lot of points to be won for the world rankings at state championships, top performances in Langenthal are particularly valuable.

The world association World Athletics deliberately set the Olympic limits so high that the starting fields in Tokyo cannot be filled with these values. Almost 50 percent of Swiss athletes are likely to make it through the World Ranking. In most disciplines, the world rankings weight the five most valuable results according to a complicated key.

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