LE BALLON – “I wasn’t very happy with the board, it’s for learning” (Athletics)

It was the medal that Patrícia Mamona was missing on the indoor track (to the Europeans she already has one from another and a silver one) – and it’s not because the hat-trick had her best run in Belgrade (and no, it wasn’t due solely to the other world record held by Yulimar Rojas) who did not win, closing the fabulous contest in sixth place (fabulous yes, because if the gold was held at 15.74 meters, Maryna Behk-Romanchuk needed 14.74 meters to grab silver and Kimberly Williams needed 14.62 meters to take bronze).

She arrived in Belgrade with the best mark of 2022 at 14.17 meters – and the 14.27 with which Patrícia opened her saga, at the Stark Arena, left her in sixth place at the end of the first round ( in which the second place was Thea Lafond with 14.53, equal to Portugal’s record – without imagining, then, that such a mark would end up knocking the jumper from Dominica off the podium, as he would). In the next (in which he scored 14.24), Mamona dropped to eighth place – and in the third he scored 14.42 meters: “That’s no excuse, I started the season late due to injury. I know the work we do and I felt I could jump better, but I don’t really like this type of track. I like hard floors, like outdoors…”

José Uva, her trainer, had already spoken of this heartbreak in Belgrade – and, despite himself, Patricia did what she had to do: risk even more. The fourth trial was void – as was the fifth. However, this draw was very different in its consequences: “Because of a small defect on the board, I did not see a validated result which could put me in the medals. No, I wasn’t very happy with the board – it’s for learning, for keeping trying to jump further and further. I haven’t had it now, I will have it in the near future…”

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