After having overcome the qualification in suffering, due to back pain, the 33-year-old Olympic vice-champion, finished the race with 14.29 meters, in her fifth attempt, improving by four centimeters on the first, which assured her the passage to the last three jumps.
“With the adrenaline I forgot a little about the pain and I thought I had to jump a lot, but it turned out that my form was not at its peak. Strangely, not being in the best shape, I matched my best classification, so when I’m at 100% I hope to do better”, said Mamona.
The optimism for the future contrasted with the pragmatism in the evaluation of the final and its participation in Eugene2022, with the injury suffered in the warm-up for the qualification, on Saturday, and the ‘miraculous’ recovery.
“Doctors worked miracles, because until yesterday [no domingo] at night I didn’t know if I could jump. I couldn’t even move. Today [na segunda-feira] in the morning I woke up much better, I went back to work with the medical team and they managed to get me ready to jump. I made it to the final, also a little rough, but I couldn’t ask for much more”, she acknowledged.
Mamona advanced to the last three jumps in eighth place, improving two positions in terms of qualifying, overtaking the Ukrainian Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk and the Dominican Ana Lucia Jose Lima, who had been second and third, with 14.54 and 14.52, and in the final they did not go beyond the 10th and 11th places, respectively.
The winner was, once again and unsurprisingly, the Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, who revalidated the world title and added it to the Olympic and indoor track, achieved in Belgrade, in March, when she set the world record at 15.74 .
In Eugene2022, Rojas did not go beyond 15.47, but kept the scepter with more than half a meter of lead over Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts, who jumped 14.89, and American Tori Franklin, with 14.72, despite both have achieved the best results of the year.
Mamona, who finished on an equal footing with Jamaican Kimberly Williams, ranked seventh, fell far short of her national record (15.01), which earned her silver at Tokyo2020, behind Rojas, and also her best mark of the year (14 .42 meters), achieved in March, at the indoor World Championships, in which he placed sixth.
“Obviously, a person always believes, because there is always the hope of making a big leap. But honestly, I think it’s deserved, because my season was really bad, with a lot of injuries, but that’s part of the sport. On top of that after an Olympic year, which was wonderful. Today, until the end, I believed it was possible, but it didn’t come out. I’m very apathetic, I think I’m happy because the medical team did what I feared they wouldn’t be able to and I have to think about what’s next,” she said.
Mamona, champion of Europe outdoors in 2016 and indoors in 2021, has not given up on the season and has already pointed to the Europeans, to be played between August 15 and 25, in Munich, Germany.
“I have to recover, more calmly, there is still Munich and next year there are two World Cups [em pista coberta e ao ar livre, novamente]”, he stressed.
Mamona admitted that Eugene2022’s result “is a low point”, but said she was excited because, “when there’s a low, there’s a high”.
The negative moment was compounded by the injury she sustained in qualifying, which was joined by another, which left her in doubt to compete at Hayward Field.
“I couldn’t say ‘yes’ yesterday. I’ve had something similar and it took days to go away, but I think the adrenaline helped me forget about the pain. Since June, in Rabat, I have had a buttock injury, which has prevented me from running, but I thought I would make it, but in the warm-up, I had a problem with my back, which completely blocked it. Until the call room I didn’t know if I was going to be able to run, but I started to see the athletes and decided: I’m going to kill myself right here. I made it to the final, in a tight way, but I was in chaos after the race, I couldn’t even pick up my backpack”, he recalled.
Before the two eighth places, in Eugene2022 and Doha2019, the ‘Leonine’ athlete had been ninth in London2017, 16th in Beijing2015 and 27th in Daegu2011.
* João Pedro Simões, sent by the Lusa agency