The French Rénelle Lamote finished sixth in the 800m of Trieste in 2’1”08, a little better time than in Bern the previous week but far from the first. The Trieste meeting was ultimately not the scene of Wayde Van Niekerk’s return to school. The South African was scheduled to double 100m and 400m at the Italian meeting, but was forced to give up, having suffered a positive control for Covid-19, analysis however contradicted by other negative tests. Although showing no symptoms, the Olympic champion in the 400m logically did not start the event. The only Frenchwoman entered in this competition, Rénelle Lamote placed sixth in 2’1”08 of an 800m won by Briton Jemma Reekie in 1’59”52. Lamote couldn’t keep pace when her rivals started to accelerate 250 yards from goal. “It attacked slowly in the 400m (59”90), it’s a race that doesn’t suit me at this time of year, had to explain Lamote. The race is however better than last week (2’1”50 in Bern). I go slower and it’s more balanced. “ Lamote is now hoping to be selected to contest the 800m in the Stockholm Diamond League (23 August), in what is expected to be her last race of the season. The French Championships (September 12-13 in Albi) are not on its program. Other performances in Trieste include Andrew Pozzi’s 13.36 over 110 m hurdles (+1.4 m / s) and Italian Leonardo Fabbri’s 20.68 m in weight. Engaged in 100 m hurdles, the world champion in the heptathlon Katarina Johnson-Thompson achieved 13”73, fifth in a race won by the Italian Luminosa Bogliolo in 12”91.