Who will start on day 2?
Decathlon Men: OK, as I wrote before, I “sucessfully ” ignored some favourites :-/. After day one, Oleksiy Kasyanov (URK) is in the lead with 4234 points with Mihail Dudaš (SRB) and Jorge Ureña (ESP) second and third. Dominik Disteberger had to give up due to an injury.
Jonas Fringeli had a mixed first day. 11.20 over the 100, only 6.80 in the long jump, 12.81m in the shot put, 1.98m in the high jump, and 49.95secs over 400m mean that he lost points in every discipline relative to Götzis.
Pole Vault Women: Unfortunately one of the hottest Swiss medal candidates, Nicole Büchler won’t start. An injury in the thigh didn’t heal. The remaining Swiss competitor is Angelica Moser. Angelica’s focus will be on the qualification. 4.55m are required to enter the final. This seems possible – during the season she jumped many times between 4.40 and 4.42m and had equally many very close fails over 4.50 (her indoor PB) or higher. It’s time that she get to a new level. Tomorrow would be the perfect day for that.
After Nicole’s dropping out, the main favourites for the victory are the two Greeks, Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou and Ekateríni Stefanídi, but some more vaulters are capable jumping over 4.70 and snatch a medal.
200m Men: After Alex Wilson‘s 100m qualifying performance in 10.30secs the focus will be on the 200m. The Olympic Standard is 20.50 – this is possible for Alex. The situation is similar to 100m. If Alex makes it he will make it to the final most likely. If not, then not.
For the second Swiss, Silvan Wicki, ambitions are different. Happy with his qualification for the Euros, his aim will be to run close to his PB – or even set up a new one.
The favourites have other concerns. Christophe Lemaitre (FRA), Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (GBR), and Jaisuma Naidi Ndure (NOR) have all run under 20secs before. The same is true for Churandy Martina (NED) who will try everything before his home crowd.
100m Women: After she dropped out of the semifinal over 200m today, Swiss attention will be again on Mujinga Kambundji. With her season best of 11.14secs, she is directly qualified for the semifinal. In a recent interview, she declared she depends on her adrenaline level. Will it be sufficiently high to make it to the final?
Very early in the season, Salomé Kora ran 11.49 and qualified for the Euros too. In more recent races, she competed strongly so hope are that she might confirm or improve her PB.
The top favourite for the title is of course Dafne Schippers. The Dutch superstar is the only sprinter who ran under 11 this year. Who might challenge her? Ivet Lalova-Collio (BUL) might have a tiny chance. It’s going to be interesting.
400m Hurdles Men: I wrote everything about this competition yesterday, expet that the favourites were directly qualified for the semifinals. So Swiss fans will see Kariem Hussein tomorrow.
400m Men: Day 2 will be the day of the semifinals and Joel Burgunder will be part of them. He qualified as the fastest of the lucky losers. In a windy race the time wasn’t that fast. Hence, his hopes will be to run faster under hopefully better conditions.
100m Hurdles Women: Like for the 400mH, Clélia Rard-Reuse will start only on day 2 because she was directly qulified for the semfinal. 17:10 will be the time to cross fingers.
The same holds for the other fast Europeans like Worlds Silver medalist Cindy Roleder (GER).
Long Jump Men. Swiss Benjamin Gföhler jumped 7.72m under windy conditions in the qualification round. It was close, but eventually wasn’t enough to make it to the final.
Sweden’s Michel Tornéus was best of the qualification (8.19), followed by Radek Juska (CZE, 8.11) and Germany’s Fabian Heinle (8.11). However, other jumpers might take the lead like Britains defending champion Greg Rutherford.
100m Men Semifinal. In the second round the favourites will start. The list of the best is led by Jimmy Vicaut (FRA) who equalled the European Record recently (9.86secs). However, others are there, too like Jak Ali Harvey (TUR, 9.92) or Germany’s Julian Reus (10.03).
Alex Wilson (SUI) will be in the third heat. On paper, his opponents are too strong, but in sports a lot of things are possible.
800m Semifinal Women. Selina Büchel celebrated a victory in the qualifying round. Now it will be tough. The first two and the two fastest will advance to the final. Selina lines up against Renelle Lamote (FRA). However, five out of the other 6 starters appear capable of making it to the final. It will be a close race.