Athletics: Mihambo makes it to the European Championship final with a seven-meter jump

Athletics: Mihambo makes it to the European Championship final with a seven-meter jump

Malaika Mihambo quickly ticks off the long jump qualification at the European Athletics Championships – and how. The 4×400-meter relay teams are also in the final on the last day.

After her first seven-meter jump this year, long jumper Malaika Mihambo goes into the final at the European Athletics Championships in Rome as the favorite.

The Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion jumped 7.03 meters in her first attempt and mastered the qualification impressively. The 30-year-old is therefore a contender for the European Championship title this Wednesday evening (8:54 p.m./ZDF).

The required jump was 6.70 metres, but Mikaelle Assani only managed 6.67 metres to reach the final of the best twelve jumpers on the final day of the European Championships alongside Mihambo. Laura Raquel Müller, on the other hand, was eliminated with 6.43 metres.

“I knew that my form was good. So I knew that I could go far,” said Mihambo, who was pleased with the seven meters. But it was more important to her to achieve the required distance in the first attempt. For the final, she plans to “of course pick up where I started today. I know that I can’t rest on my laurels.”

Strong DLV relay teams

The German men’s 4×400-meter relay team made it to the final thanks to Jean Paul Bredau, who came seventh in the individual race. As a strong final runner, the Potsdam native ensured that the quartet, which had been rearranged at short notice, progressed. With third place after one disqualification, the DLV relay team went straight to the final, and a time of 3:01.44 minutes would have been enough for a ticket.

The German women’s quartet then moved into the final in second place in 3:25.90 minutes and could have subsequently qualified for the Olympic Games in Paris.

Two years after winning gold at the European Championships in Munich, the German sprinters around Gina Lückenkemper made it to the European Championship final with an unusual line-up. In the qualification, the German quartet Sophia Junk, Nele Jaworski, Lückenkemper and Rebekka Haase took third place in 42.47 seconds. That was enough to advance directly to the final on Wednesday evening.

Alexandra Burghardt, who was part of the winning relay team in Munich, is not even taking part in Rome. Lisa Mayer, like Jennifer Montag, had to skip the individual 100-meter semi-finals because of injury. Nevertheless, she managed to achieve the fastest time so far this year.

The men’s sprint relay won the preliminary round comfortably, even without the injured Robin Ganter. Kevin Kranz, the individual fifth-place finisher Owen Ansah, Deniz Almas and Lucas Ansah-Peprah ran 38.43 seconds. The two German sprint teams have already qualified for the Olympics.

In the 800 meter final, Majtie Kolberg reached the final with a personal best time of 1:58.74 minutes and may even have a chance of winning a medal after her strong performances in Rome.

Source: Stern

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