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Mihambo wins gold – “Goosebumps! The second best jump in my life”

Malaika Mihambo positions herself for Paris Malaika Mihambo positions herself for Paris

Malaika Mihambo positions herself for Paris


With an extremely long way, Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo received gold on the European Championships. The German group virtually received a second European Championship title this Thursday. They additionally received silver and two bronze medals.

SShe has received all the things there may be to win in athletics, however this triumph on Wednesday night in Rome is without doubt one of the most particular of all for Malaika Mihambo due to the spectacular efficiency with which she was topped European lengthy leap champion.

The 30-year-old from LK Kurpfalz received the European Championship title with an excellent 7.22 meters, simply as she did in Berlin in 2018, giving the German athletics group its first gold on the final day of those championships. The Olympic champion and two-time world champion was solely eight centimeters behind her finest distance. She had solely jumped additional when she received the World Championship title 5 years in the past in Doha.

She now leads the world finest listing for the 12 months, forward of the American Tara Davis-Woodhall (7.18 metres). “It's amazing,” she stated afterwards on ZDF. “Goosebumps! That's the second best jump of my life.”

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And there was much more potential. “Now,” added Mihambo, “I'm even more excited about Paris.” The Olympic Games start there on July 26. Second behind Mihambo was the Italian Larissa Iapichino with 6.94 meters. Third place went to the Portuguese Agate de Sousa (6.91 meters). The second German finalist, Mikaelle Assani, got here fourth with 6.91 meters.

“Germany, who would have thought?” cheers the group

Led by the excellent Mihambo, Germany's athletes celebrated a cheerful ending in Rome's Olympic Stadium on the final day of the European Championships. The 30-year-old was not the one German medal winner that night: regardless of failing to defend his title, javelin thrower Julian Weber proudly flexed his muscle tissue after 85.94 meters and was pleased with second place. “Of course I would have liked to defend my title, but I'm super happy with silver,” stated the 29-year-old. He was solely overwhelmed by the Czech Jakub Vadlejch, who overtook him with 88.65 meters within the final try.

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19-year-old Max Dehning from Leverkusen, who amazed everybody this 12 months with a 90-meter throw and exceeded 80 meters a number of instances, completed twelfth with 76.16 meters.

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And then the German males's relay group shone. With a superb relay efficiency over 4×400 meters, the quartet surprisingly secured bronze. “Germany, who would have thought it?” stated Manuel Sanders. Together with Jean Paul Bredau, Marc Koch and hurdle specialist Emil Agyekum, he was solely a hundredth of a second slower than Italy in 3:00.82 minutes. The victory went to the Belgians.

While the ladies's 4×100-meter relay group, which had sensationally celebrated gold on the European Championships two years in the past, ended up fifth, the German males additionally celebrated within the dash relay. Kevin Kranz, Owen Ansah, Deniz Almas and Lucas Ansah-Peprah crossed the end line after 38.52 seconds and thus additionally took bronze. The hosts from Italy, together with Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs, secured gold in 37.82 seconds. The Dutch got here second in 38.46 seconds.