Rain of records in Albuquerque during the American University Championships
The Indoor American University Championships (NCAA) experienced a crazy Saturday in Albuquerque (New Mexico) with top performances at the very end of the indoor season. The sprinter from Saint Lucia Julien Alfred (21), who evolves under the colors of the University of Texas under the orders of the renowned coach Edrick Floreal, thus became in the space of 40 minutes the second fastest woman in history over 60 m (6”94) then 200 m (22”01).
Very powerful and current with a very high frequency to compensate for his small size, Alfred, who had already had a successful 2022 indoor season before going on to win a silver medal in the 100m at the Commonwealth Games, equal with 6” 94 the performance of the American Aleia Hobbs, successful on February 18, also in Albuquerque. The world record belongs since 1993 to the Russian Irina Privalova in 6”92.
Alfred therefore followed up less than an hour later with another thunderclap, this time over 200m, winning in 22”01 ahead of the Nigerian from LSU Favor Ofili (22”20). Ofili had managed 22”10 in the playoffs. With this performance, Alfred, who is living her last university season, becomes the second fastest woman in indoor history over the distance, behind world record holder Merlene Ottey. The Jamaican had signed 21”87 in 1990 in Liévin.
Wilson faster than Kratochvilova in 400m
Under the colors of the University of Arkansas, the American Britton Wilson (22) also hit hard in the 400m, becoming the second best performer of all time with a time of 49”48, behind the 49”26 of the Dutch Femke Bol who had set this recent world record in Apeldoorn on February 19. Wilson’s time is also lower than the Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova’s time of 49”59, achieved in 1982 and which was the world record for 40 years. The American was crowned world champion last year in the 4x400m.
Kyle Garland very close to Ashton Eaton on the heptathlon
Kyle Garland, a 22-year-old American student at the University of Georgia, came very close to the heptathlon world record, owned by his compatriot Ashton Eaton with 6,645 points since 2012. But by accumulating 6,639 points in Albuquerque , Garland has proven his immense potential. On Friday, he had managed 6”87 over 60 m then 7.96 m in length as well as 16.45 m in weight and 2.12 m in height. On Saturday, he started with a 60m hurdles in 7”74 then cleared 5.16m in the pole vault before finishing with a 1,000m in 2’41”36. In the classification of this heptathlon, Garland was ahead of the Puerto Rican Ayden Owens-Delerme, born the same day as him and who totaled 6,518 points, becoming the 3rd performer in history.
Jasmine Moore soars in the triple jump
The day after her best world performance of the year in the long jump (7.03 m), the American Jasmine Moore (21), a student at the University of Florida, did the same in the triple jump with 15.12 m, new national record. She becomes the fifth indoor performer in history, and the first woman to exceed 7m in the long jump and 15m in the triple jump indoors.