Diamond League final: Morris and Šutej finish 2-3 in pole vault

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Zürich, Switzerland – Arkansas alumni Sandi Morris and Tina Šutej finished second and third in the pole vault in Wednesday’s 2022 Diamond League Final. In the shot put, Arkansas volunteer assistant Ryan Crouser placed second.

The two-day Diamond League Final at Weltklasse Zurich began with a few events in the city center at Sechselautenplatz. On Thursday, the remaining events will take place at the Letzigrund stadium.

Morris cleared a height of 15-7.25 (4.76) as the runner-up in the pole vault while Šutej finished third with a clearance of 15-1.5 (4.61).

Australia’s Nina Kennedy won the competition with a height of 15-9.25 (4.81) and earned the wild card for the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

In the shot put, a massive throw of 76-2.75 (23.23) by Joe Kovacs bettered the 74-7.25 (22.74) generated by Crouser. Kovacs’ brand is the global leader for 2022 and broke the Diamond League record.

Kovacs’ career best makes him No. 2 with the No. 3 performance on the all-time world list, behind the world record and a secondary mark from Crouser.

Only one attempt was needed for Morris on his first three heights of 14-9.5 (4.51), 15-1.5 and 15-5.5 (4.71). Kennedy demanded a second attempt at 15-5.5. Then at the bar 15-7.25, Kennedy cleared on a second attempt while Morris did so on his third attempt.

Kennedy moved into first place on a miss basis as the bar reached 15-9.25, where a third Kennedy clearance attempt secured the victory when Morris missed at that height.

Šutej cleared three bars on opening attempts, starting at 14-3.5 (4.36) and ending at 15-1.5, then missed three tries at 15-5.5.

“I’m a little disappointed in myself,” Morris said. “I was hoping to jump higher today. I felt like I was in good shape to do it. Certain elements come into play and the pressure is there and I didn’t build it up in the end.

“I am extremely happy for my friend Nina. It’s so much fun jumping with everyone. I can’t wait for next year to come back and do great things.

Kennedy won Commonwealth gold this summer after placing third at the World Championships, where Morris won a silver medal from Eugene. Šutej placed fourth in the pole vault at the World Championships, then won a bronze medal at the European Championships.

Of a competition in downtown Zurich, Morris said: “As a pole vaulter I love it, I love street events and high fives with the fans.

“Now I’m done. I can’t wait to get home and rest. I will do indoors, so I will be focused for the American championships with the next indoor worlds postponed. »

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In the first round of the shot put, Crouser and Kovacs equaled the meet record of 74-4.5 (22.67) set by Crouser in 2021. Kovacs reached his huge distance in the second round while Crouser responded with his best mark of the day on Lap Three.

In addition to vying for the World Championship wild card, the prize money awarded at the Diamond League Finals included $30,000 for the winner, followed by $12,000 for second, $7,000 for third, up to $1,000 for eighth place.

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