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Track and field athletes will regret missing Commonwealth Games, organizers say | Commonwealth Games 2022

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Defiant organizers say the star player who stays at the Commonwealth Games will regret missing out on glory in Birmingham.

Four world champions from Eugene failed to qualify for the Olympics. Among them is women’s 100m gold medalist Sherri Ann Fraser her price. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is in Birmingham for practice, but has instead opted to race in Europe next week.

Women’s 200m champion Sherika Jackson, 400m world champion Shaunae Millerhuibo and 1500m gold medalist Faith Kipyegon will also be absent, taking a lot of the shine out of the athletics program.

But Birmingham 2022 Chief Executive Officer Ian Reid said these athletes, and stars like diver Tom Daley and gymnast Max Whitlock, saw the big crowd and atmosphere in Birmingham and regretted the decision. argued that it would.

“We can’t get people to come here, but if Shelley Ann was here before and saw the atmosphere and the packed stadium, she probably regrets it.” With 30,000 people at the Alexander Stadium for the session and the atmosphere it creates, I think it’s a no-brainer for these athletes.

“We are delighted with the players who have played. Of course there are those who have not come here, but in my personal opinion they will probably regret it.” was endorsed by legendary decathlete Daley Thompson, who won three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

“I think everyone has a choice. Looking back on those days, it was more about getting glory for yourself and your country than making a living,” he said. If someone wants to make a living and go racing in Zurich or anywhere, that’s good enough. But from my own point of view, it was all about winning the championship and being the best.

“But I think everyone has the right to make their own choices, but people who go for the money miss out because it’s a great place. Olympic champion Elaine Thompson Heller was running today “She’s here. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for most people.”

Thompson-Heller was the joint fastest qualifier in Wednesday’s 100m semi-final with an impressive time of 10.99 seconds. But England’s Daryl Naita believes she can be the best in Birmingham and hopes her pet Chihuahua, Melon, will be watching over her.

Neita also performed well in his heat of 11.02. And then she claimed: Every time I step on the track, I want gold. Get as close as you can. ”

Elsewhere, 1500m bronze medalist Laura Muir in Eugene last month reached the 800m final in 1:58.84, joining Keely Hodgkinson and Alexandra Bell in Saturday’s showpiece.

Muir, who doubles in the 800m and 1500m at these championships, said: I haven’t run Commonwealth Games for 8 years. It’s on a relatively homey ground, so close, and it was too good an opportunity not to do it. I feel strong enough to do both and can run well on both. ”

Meanwhile, Catalina Johnson-Thompson finished the first day of the heptathlon 109 points ahead of Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Connor. Liverpool’s defending her champion, disappointing she was just fifth after the 100m hurdles, but in the high jump she achieved a clearance of 1.84m followed by a 12.94m shot put and She held her firmly in control in her 200m of 23.70 seconds.