As expected, Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia has brought the top of the 57th edition of the legendary P – T – S athletics meeting in Šamorín, Slovakia. She ran the 5000m clocking 14:31.91 which was not only the stadium record of the x-bionic® sphere but also a meeting record and at the same time the best time achieved in Slovakia, which belongs to Svetlana Guskova (15:18.68 in 1986).
In addition, the biggest star of the event, with a performance of 8: 42.22, which was measured in the meantime, created the fastest P-T-S time at this distance as well. At the same time the best time achieved on Slovak territory, which belongs to Svetlana Guskova (15: 18.68 in 1986). Tsegay, who is the indoor world recorder (3: 53.09) and the 2022 indoor world champion at 1500m did not improve the world leading time 14:12.98 of her compatriot Taye and was not satisfied with her performance. “I’m not happy with the time because I think I have to run under 14:20 min. The reason was the head wind,” Tsegay said.
Anderson Peters of Grenada confirmed the role of the super favourite in the men´s javelin throw. The reigning world champion won the P-T-S meeting just like last year, but this time with an even better performance of 85.85m. “I am satisfied with the result as I threw over 85 meters. These were difficult conditions as the wind blew. I tried to enjoy it and not think about the strong wind. I believe that I will come back to Slovakia to compete again,” said Peters.
The men´s 100m stayed without the injured Slovak indoor European champion Ján Volko, who was a magnet of the P-T-S in recent years and in 2018, he set a Slovak record of 10.13 and 10.07 with an illegal wind support in his back. American Elijah Hall fulfilled the paper requirements by winning in 10.17.
The Italian Vladimir Aceti did not defend the victory from Šamorín last year at the 400m, when he finished fourth (47.09). The fastest was Christopher McDonnell from Ireland (46.44), who just ahead of the finish line overtook the US contender Trevor Stewart (46.50).
Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago did not break the 11-second mark at the flat 100m for the fourth time this season, but she did not find a conqueror in Šamorín when she won in 11.12.”I’m quite happy with the performance and the time, even though my season maximum is a little better. I found a quite pleasant environment here in Šamorín and I was also pleased with the great atmosphere,” said the 30-year-old sprinter.
At the 100m hurdles, Mette Gravesgaard set a new Danish record (12.92). The home star Victoria Forster ended up sad when she did not finish the race to stumble.
At the end of the national program, Dominik Černý triumphed in the 3000m race walk, when he confirmed his good form and, just like a year ago, he defeated his national team colleague Miroslav Úradník, who was 8.26 seconds behind. Černý attacked the world performance of the year, which was only 12 hundredths of a second behind. His time 11:26,23 was 22 seconds slower than his PB from three years ago when he finished second in Šamorín.
In the women´s long jump, which was the Eva Šuranová Memorial (exactly 50 years will have passed since her bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich on August 31), German Maryse Luzolo repeated the last year´s victory. Bronze athlete from the 2014 World Junior Championships and the Tokyo Olympics participant Maryse improved her personal maximum (671).
At the 400m, Fiordaliza Cofil of the Dominican Republic confirmed her role of the favorite, winning in 52.13, but she failed to break the stadium record (51.70).
The men´s 800m turned out best for the Italian representative Catalino Tecucean (1:46.07), the fastest at the men´s 200m was Alexander Ogando also of the Dominican Republic (20.25). In the men´s pole vault, all three on the podium had an equal result of 570, the American Matt Ludwig won.