Carl Schönenberger from Götzis
Simon Ehammer and his trainers know very well that the second day of a decathlon is (still) a rather difficult one. But they work on it in training and wait until it clicks in a discus and javelin throw competition.
Throwing things away just isn’t the thing that Ehammer likes. When he tackles something, he wants to see it through. It also goes quite well with the start of Sunday. With 13.48 seconds over 110 m hurdles, the Appenzeller is exactly as fast as in his Swiss record decathlon three weeks ago in Ratingen. It’s just a pity that there’s still a bit of a rumble at the last hurdle, which probably costs him a tenth of a second.
Darn discus disc
But then the discus comes up, the darned two-kilo disc just doesn’t want to fly properly. Will the thing notice that Simon has a completely different mine game when he goes to the throwing ring than when he runs up for the long jump like on Saturday and flies to the world best for the year of 8.45 m? And promptly, in Simon’s best attempt, the disc hits the grass at 36.98 m – more than two meters earlier than the last time in Ratingen.
So the 2-point lead in front of Olympic champion Damian Warner (Ka), with whom Ehammer spent the night from Saturday to Sunday, has become a deficit of 265 points within two hours. But the pole vault follows and the Swiss has the skills to get Warner closer again. And at the same time making sure that the man from Grenada, Lindon Victor, who is only four points behind him, does not get even closer. Victor is the man of long throws.
Kälin with a strong performance
The second Swiss decathlete also does his thing in Götzis. Finley Gaio runs well over the hurdles with 13.86 seconds and his 39.67 m with the discus are also solid for the Basel native.
The heptathletes will also start their second half of the competition at noon. And promptly Swiss record holder Annick Kälin jumps into the breach for Ehammer after his discus nightcap. The 22-year-old from Graubünden apparently watched Simon well in the long jump on Saturday. With 6.41 m, she put a strong mark in the sand in her first attempt. As with Ehammer, Kälin can also improve on his own Swiss record. Before the last two disciplines, Annick took 4th intermediate place.