Nafi Thiam was at work at length rather than height on Friday at the 46th Memorial Van Damme, due to a toe problem that occurred at the Euro. The double Olympic, world and European champion in the heptathlon finished 4th in the competition with a jump of 6m46 while Noor Vidtsanother specialist in combined events, achieved a new personal best in 6m40.
Thiam, who won the world and European titles in quick succession this summer, nevertheless remained in a difficult long event in Munich, with a jump of 6m08, far from his standards. On Friday, after three somewhat missed attempts, the Liégeoise soared to 6m46, still at a respectable distance from her best performance of the season (6m63) and above all from her Belgian record in the discipline, achieved in 2019 in Birmingham (6m83 ).
As for Noor Vidts, she simply achieved the best jump of her career by falling 6m40 from the board, improving by one centimeter her 2019 record (6m39) achieved in Portugal. This result allowed him to take 6th place out of the seven entered.
The competition, which was not part of the Diamond League programme, was won by Nigerian Ese Brume (6m83).
In the men’s triple jump, the Cuban Lazaro Martinez won thanks to a mark measured at 17m49 on his second try. Despite his withdrawal after this jump, he won ahead of the Burkinabé Fabrice Zango (17m40) and the Brazilian Almir dos Santos (16m81).