Marseille, France – July 17: The Pro Athle Tour Meet (WACT Bronze) showcased some thrilling performances, leaving the crowd on the edge of their seats. The highlight of the event was the dramatic 800-meter race, which saw British athlete Ben Pattison emerge as the victor, clocking an impressive time of 1:45.05.
However, the race was marred by unfortunate incidents as both French athlete Benjamin Robert and Mohamed Ali Gouaned suffered injuries and had to withdraw after a collision.
In the 1500-meter event, Spain’s Ignacio Fontes displayed his dominance, clinching the first position with a time of 3:34.29. His compatriot, Bastien Augusto, pushed him hard and secured a personal best time of 3:34.85, finishing closely behind Fontes.
The men’s 400-meter hurdles race witnessed a fierce battle, with Yasmani Copello emerging as the eventual winner in a time of 48.80. He narrowly edged out his competitors, Khalifah Rosser (48.97) and Spain’s Sergio Fernandez (49.13), who put up a strong fight. This performance marked Fernandez’s best time since 2018 and showcased his return to form.
The men’s 200-meter race saw South African sprinter Sineshipo Dambile cross the finish line in first place with a time of 20.44 (-0.4), displaying his exceptional speed. Meanwhile, in the men’s 400-meter event, Japanese champion Yuki Nakajima showcased his prowess, winning the race comfortably with a time of 45.25.
The javelin event provided a surprise result, as Andrian Mardare threw a distance of 79.46 meters to claim victory over Anderson Peters, who struggled with his technique after traveling overseas. Peters managed a throw of 78.17 meters, but it wasn’t enough to secure the top spot.
Turning our attention to the women’s events, US athlete Emily Mackay delivered an outstanding performance in the 1500-meter race, setting a new personal best time of 3:59.99. She displayed great endurance and tactical prowess throughout the race, leaving her competitors trailing behind. Sarah McDonald finished second with a time of 4:03.33.
Jenna Prandini, representing the United States, emerged victorious in the women’s 200-meter event, clocking a time of 22.97 (-0.5) and demonstrating her speed and agility. In the women’s 800-meter race, Allie Wilson showcased her talent and determination, clinching the top spot with a time of 2:01.43.
Ama Pipi secured victory in the women’s 400-meter race, crossing the finish line in 51.44. However, she still has her sights set on achieving the Budapest qualifier time of 51.00, as required by British Athletics.
In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, Portugal’s Fatoumata Diallo put on a remarkable performance, finishing first with a time of 55.61. She faced tough competition from Moroccan athlete Noura Ennadi, who gave her all and finished closely behind in 55.68.
Lastly, in the long jump event, Agate de Sousa showcased her skill and athleticism, leaping to a distance of 6.70 meters (+0.9). Filippa Kviten (formerly Fotopoulou) of Cyprus secured second place with a personal best jump of 6.68 meters (+0.6).
Overall, the Pro Athle Tour Meet in Marseille delivered thrilling performances and unforgettable moments, with athletes from various nations displaying their incredible talent and competitive spirit.