Only fifth in Monaco last week, Trayvon Bromell was reassured Tuesday evening at the meeting in Gateshead by winning the 100m of the meeting in 9 ”98. Over 110m hurdles, Omar McLeod, not selected for Tokyo, took another slap. Femke Bol (400m hurdles) had a twelfth success in a row.
Trayvon Bromell needed it badly. Passed completely through in Monaco last week, the fastest man of the moment hoped to be reassured this Tuesday evening on the occasion of the Gateshead meeting, final rehearsal before getting down to business, in two weeks on the Tokyo side. for these 2020 Olympic Games postponed for a year due to the global Covid-19 pandemic but which will nevertheless take place behind closed doors, from July 23 to August 8.
Bromell needed a boost of confidence, and he got it. Four days after having to settle for fifth place in a race won by his compatriot Ronnie Baker, winner that day in a 100m gala that looked like an Olympic final before the hour, the fastest man of the moment on the sprint planet has returned to success by winning in 9 ”98 (+0.4 m / s of wind). Admittedly, the opposition was not as strong as last Friday in the Principality.
Baker, whom Bromell had beaten during the US selections, was not there, in particular. Nevertheless, the adversity was of good quality and constituted for the one who had run the distance in 9 ”77 on June 6 in Miramar (Florida) – best world performance of the year – a real test before finding the best in Japan and aiming for a first podium at the Games, he who finished last in the Rio final at the 2016 Olympics. Great favorite of this 100m of the British meeting registered as Monaco on the Diamond League calendar, the Floridian left no chance for the locals Chijindu Ujah, second in 10 ”10, and Zharnel Hugues, third at three hundredths (10” 13 ) of his compatriot.
All eyes were also on Gateshead on Tuesday on the 110m hurdles and in particular Omar McLeod, reigning Olympic champion yet not selected by the Jamaican Federation for the Games. Furious, the gold medalist from Rio intended to demonstrate that he nevertheless remains the best. Unfortunately for him, he completely missed his end of the race, and Ronald Levy (13 ”22), first of the Jamaican selections, did not hesitate to deal his rival (13” 42) with another blow of the club. Like Levy, Femke Bol will be one of the favorites in Tokyo, in the 400m hurdles. On Tuesday, the Dutchwoman continued her impressive streak by securing her twelfth straight victory over the distance. Victorious in 53 ”25, the European indoor champion will be very difficult to beat.