Unimpressed by the hubbub surrounding the oregon project and doping coach alberto salazar, konstanze klosterhalfen stormed into the 5000-meter final at the world athletics championships in doha.
The 22-year-old gave a tactically sound performance in the preliminary race on wednesday evening – on saturday evening, the raw german running talent is certainly expected to win a medal.
Former world champion in the shot put christina schwanitz also reached the final of the best twelve without any problems. Halay through the title fight, the 71-strong DLV team has only won one medal: bronze by obstacle runner gesa krause. The superlative of the evening: 30-year-old pole pawel fajdek takes his fourth hammer throw gold after 2013, 2015 and 2017. Dina asher-smith stormed to gold in the 200 meters and became the first british woman ever to win a sprint title at the world championships or olympics.
Klosterhalfen finished second in her preliminary heat in 15:01.57 minutes after a photo finish with the athiopian tsehay gemechu – that was easily enough for direct entry into the medal race on saturday (20.25 a.M. CEST). The athlete from leverkusen joined the nike oregon project (NOP) in the fall of 2018 and trains in portland on the us west coast with pete julian. Klosterhalfen improves six german records on the middle and long distances in the world championship year 2019 – three in the hall, three in the stadium.
NOP head salazar, who has been controversial for years, was banned for four years for violating anti-doping rules. For four years, the U.S. Anti-doping agency had been investigating the case. Numerous world-class runners have been training in portland for years. "Of course it’s shocking news, but that’s all I can say at the moment," said klosterhalfen after her race on ZDF.
After the world championships, the german athletics federation wants to take a closer look at the oregon project. "It is important for us to familiarize ourselves with the documents and evaluate the positions. We’ll be looking at this very intensively and exchanging ideas," said DLV director general idriss gonschinska. "Konstanze is a mouthy athlete who has clearly stated that she condemns any form of manipulation and that she also shows responsibility for decisions in the end."
Already after the first attempt in the qualification schwanitz could pack her bags: 18.52 meters – final. The 33-year-old former world champion from LV 90 erzgebirge finished with the seventh-best distance. "I exceeded the qualifying distance – and that was with the first attempt, that was the goal," said schwanitz, who is competing at a world championship for the fifth time. She was surprised that it was so cold in the temperature-controlled khalifa stadium: "i expected it to be warmer. Most of the time is wasted getting undressed and dressed."
Grant holloway won the 110-meter hurdles sprint, the tenth gold for the U.S. Since the first world championships in 1983. Top favorite kevin mayer from france was still in third position at the decathlon half-time; canadian damian warner took over the lead after the first day. As the best man of the DLV trio, veteran kai kazmirek of the LG rhein-wied was seventh after five disciplines – 168 points behind a medal position.
In the heptathlon without a german competitor, british katarina johnson-thompson led after four events with 4138 points, ahead of belgian nafissatou thiam (4042).