Budapest championships: Five things we learned on Day 6

AP - Martin Meissner

There's redemption for Femke Bol in the 400m hurdles and another chance for Andrew Hudson in the 200m.


Only the other day – Day 3 to be precise – we were talking about Fabrice Hugues Zango as the national medal collection of Burkina Faso having won bronze in the triple jump in Doha in 2019, silver in Eugene in 2022 and gold in Budapest. Well, Kimberly Garcia Leon shines a similar wondrousness in Peru. She won her country’s first ever medal at the world championships when she took gold in the women’s 20km walk in Eugene last year. She followed it up with gold in the 35km walk which was making its debut as an event in Eugene. A glorious golden double then. But she was upstaged this year by Maria Perez who emulated her exploits. “These championships have not been as good as I expected,” Garcia Leon fumed. “I wanted to defend my titles from Eugene. I was really upset with fourth place in the 20km but I had to calm down and recover to be ready for this race.” Garcia Leon claimed second place nearly two minutes behind Perez’ winning time of 2:38.40. “The pace was fast and I just did my best,” she added. “To win a medal is always good but I am not that happy with the silver over 35km.” Imagine the fury if she’d come third.


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