Mihambo Leaps to Champion Title – Lots of Hope for World Cup – Sports News on Ice Hockey, Winter Sports and More

Long jump ace Malaika Mihambo jumps out of training without a hitch to win another German championship title. Other attractions include Gina Lückenkemper and Kristin Pudenz.

On a warm summer evening, Malaika Mihambo received a well-deserved applause from athletes at the Olympic Stadium. Several of the World Cup candidates under the title defender gained confidence in the upcoming world title fights at the national championship in Berlin.

The world champion and Olympic champion Mihambo jumped in Berlin for a good 6.85 meters and for the sixth time he was the best in Germany. Gina Lückenkemper already shone on Saturday with a 100-meter sprint under eleven seconds, as well as discus thrower Kristin Pudenz, who will be at the World Championships in Eugene on July 15 United States one of the candidates for the medal. With a home EM in Munich Another attraction will appear on August 15.

Mihambo still sees a lot of potential

Mihambo was happy with the victory but still sees a lot of potential. “Of course there were more today. Not everything cooperated in details, ”she explained in ZDF. “I know the form is very good. Unfortunately I didn’t get it on the board. I will work out the last part for sure.”

Before the start, she signaled that she would start after a full training session. The 28-year-old from LG Kurpfalz, who already jumped 7.09 meters this year, also had to recover from a minor knee injury. In the third attempt, she managed to win in front of an audience of several thousand.

Fabian Heinle won the title for the fifth time in the men’s category. The 28-year-old from Stuttgart won with 7.81 meters. The 2018 European runner-up successfully defended the title from the previous year, but clearly exceeded the standards for the World and European Championships this summer. Maximilian Entholzner from Passau missed his second success after 2020. The best German of the year was third with 7.52 meters behind Oliver Koletzko from Wiesbaden, who jumped five centimeters away. Decathlete Kai Kazmirek was eighth with 7.18 meters.

Lückenkemper under 11 seconds

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Four years after the silver medal at the European Championships on the blue track at the Olympic Stadium, Lückenkemper, which had been slowed down for a long time by injuries and the pitfalls of the crown pandemic, started working again. Her winning time of 10.99 seconds was also a satisfaction from difficult phases for the 25-year-old Westphalian. According to her own statements, she experienced massive insults and hostility on social media.

“The worst part was that in society someone who was on the ground was more likely to step on than a helping hand,” the athlete from SCC Berlin told ZDF’s “Aktuelles Sportstudio”. “Social media is both a curse and a blessing, it was a curse for me two years ago,” she reported, but emphasized: “I always felt like I did everything right.”

Christoph Harting missed the podium

Previously, Pudenz threw the disc a personal record of 67.10 meters, and after winning Olympic silver in Tokyo last year, she emphasized that she was entitled to a medal at the World Cup. Shanice Craft (64.64), Julia Harting (64.34) and Claudine Vita (63.36) competed against Pudenz in a high-class competition.

In the men’s competition, six years after the Olympic victory in Rio, Christoph Harting did not manage to change the situation for the better and only finished fourth with 59.91 meters. Martin Wierig from Magdeburg won his second title with 64.25 meters.

In the high jump, Mateusz Przybyłko returned four years after winning the European Championship and jumped 2.30 meters. The defending champion Tobias Potye, who also became the EM standard, also succeeded. The pole vault jumper Bo Kanda Lita Baehre also impressed with his 5.90 meter jump on Saturday. The spearman Julian Weber won with a good 86.61 meters.

For other top players, such as Weber’s rival Johannes Vetter, who suffered a shoulder injury, we are now in for the first international event of the season in less than three weeks to get in shape. Long-distance ace Konstanze Klosterhalfen, obstacle runner Gesa Krause, javelin thrower Christin Hussong and sprinter and silver Olympic bobsleigh medalist Alexandra Burghardt are also hopes for the Germans in the US state of Oregon.

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