Sprint continues with a Swiss record in the final: “We can dream of a medal”
The women’s 4x100m Swiss relay dazzled in the lead-up to the race with a Swiss record time of 42.05 seconds – despite the safety-conscious change.
Ricarda Dich, Agla del Ponte, Mujinja Kamponge and Salome Cora improved the 2019 Swiss record, set at the World Championships in Doha, by 13 per cent. The quartet had the fourth-best result, ahead of the substitute team from Jamaica (42.15). Great Britain (41.55) was out of reach. USA in 41.90 seconds Surprisingly, Germany (42.00) is also ahead of Switzerland.
“We knew that the top three in the series were also possible with a safety switch. “It took the pressure off me, and made the job easier,” said Ricarda Dicci. The Swiss Eastern woman was working in a major event for the first time – in the World Substitution Championships and the European Tag Team Championship, however, she was already on track with the quartet.
Ricarda Deitch is now taking over the first segment, as Del Ponte’s shot was taken off the mainstays while she was still in Doha. “Thanks to my development in 2020 and my improved accuracy when handing the stick, I am more valuable in second place,” Ticino explained.
The change from Olympic fifth to Olympic sixth was working perfectly. Mujinga Kambundji has already appeared for the seventh time in Tokyo. A semi-final waiver for protection was out of the question for them. “I wanted to run. The security change also provides information. We now know the size of the margin. If I don’t run, we’ll start the final with more uncertainty.”
Salome Cora brought the Swiss record to the end. “If we all ran a little faster and made the changes faster, there would be half a second max,” says the St. Gallen native.
The starting position for the semi-final is identical to that of the 2019 World Cup in Doha, when Switzerland finished fourth behind Jamaica, Great Britain and the USA, but kept fifth-placed Germany in check. Rafael Monachon’s forces can only push the Big Three to the highest level – and a big country might have to be wiped out to get the medal. Germany must be occupied. “Our advantage is the good changes. “We feel for each other and we don’t have to slow down if things are tight,” Mujinga Kampunge said. (Abu/Sada)
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