(Belga) The 19th International Meeting of the Province of Liege, which was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic, took place on Wednesday evening at the Naimette-Xhovémont stadium, in the heights of Liege, in very cold climatic conditions (13) °). Belgian athletes behaved well in preparation for the Olympics.
100m hurdles smiled to the Belgian champion Anne Zagre. The Brussels woman, who qualified in principle for the Olympics thanks to her position in the world ranking (28), won a time of 13.13. Olympic heptathlon champion Navissatu Thiam, for her part, finished fifth (13.64) in the race which she considered reassuring, although the final result is not clear. The women’s 800m race allowed the Belgian European champion in the 1500m indoor race, Elise Vanderelst, to work on her speed from the perspective of her preferred distance that she will develop at the Tokyo Olympics. La Montoise finished fourth with a good time of 2:03.96, behind an African trio led by Kenyan Marie Mora. We meet Montoise on Saturday at Nuit d’Heusden where she will tackle the Belgian record 1000m by Anne-Marie Van Nuffel (2:36.8 in 1979). On the rise, Thomas Carmoy was unable to erase a bar in the 2m 23 minute he crossed it on Sunday for the national title. Junior jumper Carolo, who will compete at the European Under-23 Championships in Tallinn, finished second in the Liege competition behind Russian Mikhail Akimenko (2m 23). Ben Broders also finished second in the pole vault (5m and 55) behind Dutchman Rutger Kopillar (5m 75). In the 100-meter race, won by Jamaican Michael Bentley (10.48), Belgian champion Kobe Fleminx finished fourth in 10.68 seconds. In the women’s, Laurel’s laurels went to New Zealander Zoe Hobbs at 11.57 ahead of Belgian champion Rani Roseus (11.62). Liège’s 5,000m stake was the Olympic minimum chase (15:10.00) from South Africa’s Caster Semenya. The double Olympic champion of the 800 meters in 2012 in London and in 2016 in Rio could do no better than 15:50.12 (fourth) from the distance she discovered, in a race won by Ethiopian Abrash Minsio in 15:05.25. (Belga)