After four medals on Friday evening, the German track and field athletes are hoping for more. Olympic champion Mihambo has made a good start to the European Indoor Championships in Istanbul. A teammate utters thoughtful words.
Long jump Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo started the European Indoor Championships for track and field athletes in Istanbul with the best result of the season.
The 29-year-old landed at 6.87 meters. That meant second place in the qualification behind European outdoor champion Ivana Vuleta from Serbia. The three-time European indoor champion jumped 6.98 meters. The long jump medals will be awarded in the Turkish metropolis on Sunday evening. Mihambo, who has won every title in outdoor competitions, is aiming for her first indoor gold.
The 20-year-old Mikaelle Assani was 13th in the long jump with 6.38 meters and tasted the atmosphere of a title fight. But it wasn’t enough for the final. Maryse Luzolo (27) had to forego a start due to muscular problems.
Title fights in the absence of dominator Duplantis
After one gold medal by Hanna Klein over 3000 meters and a total of four medals on Friday evening, Mihambo & Co. raised hopes of further top placings. The Leverkusen pole vaulter Torben Blech reached the final with 5.75 meters as second in the qualification, as did his teammate Bo Kanda Lita Baehre with 5.65 meters. In a choppy competition with many stoppages, he received a yellow card after throwing the crossbar on the mat after an invalid try. The fight for the title will be exciting as the Swedish world record holder Mondo Duplantis does not compete.
Sam Parsons, who is starting for SCC Berlin, qualified safely for the final over 3000 meters in the shadow of 1500 meter winner Jakob Ingebrigtsen from Norway.
“Hanna Klein and Konstanze Klosterhalfen gave me a lot of power for the race with their performance yesterday,” said Parsons, who struck up thoughtful words. “A young woman from my training group has cancer, she’s doing very badly. It’s so sad. You don’t know how much time you have in this world. That was a run for her today.”
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