Status: 08/19/2022 1:30 pm
The German sprint relay finished their heats with confidence at the European Athletics Championships in Munich. The men’s quartet even set a German record. There are also two long sprint relays in the finals.
Kevin Kranz, Joshua Hartmann, Owen Anza and Lucas Anza-Pepra ran 37.97 seconds – no German quartet ever ran faster in the 4x100m. Kranz performed well and the changes worked so anchor Anza-Pepra was able to set the record well. “It was really fun, it was a lot of fun, it was mega,” Kranz said in the immediate aftermath of the Olympic Stadium. The previous record of 37.99 seconds was set by the squadron with the same line-up on 3 June at Regensburg. It was the fastest time of all the EM semi-finalists. In the World Cup, the season lead was out.
Finished second behind France in the women’s relay semi-finals. Alexandra Burghardt, Lisa Meyer, Jessica-Bianca Vesoli and Rebecca Haase finished in 43.33 seconds, 43.24 seconds for France. Overall, the German women, still competing without European champion Gina Luckenkemper, finished fifth in the semi-finals.
Luckenkemper’s participation will only be decided on Saturday
Luckenkaemper was sidelined after Tuesday evening’s win with a left knee injury. She injured herself in a fall with spikes. According to her, the decision about whether to participate in the season finale should not be made until Saturday. Alexandra Burghardt withdrew from her participation in the heat open first after entering the 200m final on Thursday evening. At the World Cup in July, Germany won bronze in the relay.
Men’s relay in stadium round as eyelash batting final
The final entry of the men’s 4x400m relay was a nail-biter. The German quartet briefly held sixth place, then moved up to third thanks to Patrick Schneider before a final sprint left Belgium’s Manuel Sanders in trouble. Finally, the target photo was decided by 0.01 seconds for the DLV relay.
DLV-Frauen Staffel benefits from disqualification
Alika Schmidt, Mona Meyer, Jessica-Bianca Vesoli and Luna Thiel started for DLV for the women. Vesoli had earlier completed the sprint relay. The quartet finished fourth behind the Netherlands, Ireland and Switzerland in 3.27.92 minutes. It wouldn’t have been enough, but a Czech ran into the track markings in the previous race – her disqualification was fortunate for the German.
Local hero Herring surprises in the 800m – Kohlberg is unlucky
Local hero Christina Herring enters the final of the 800m (Sat, 8:15 pm). The 27-year-old qualified for the final after finishing fourth in her semi in 2:00.86 minutes. Majti Kohlberg (Ahweiler) was not good enough to improve his season’s best of 2:01.20 minutes. She missed by just 0.08 seconds. Tanja Spill (Dormagen) was eliminated in the preliminary heat. Olympic silver medalist and vice world champion Keeley Hodgkinson of Great Britain is also in the final. France’s Renelle Lamott was fastest in the semi-finals (2:00.23).
High jump: Jungfleish in EM finals
High jumper Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch (Stuttgart) also in the European Championship final. The bronze medalist from Berlin 2018 cleared 1.87m to enter the final on Sunday (7.05pm). A height of 1.94m, good enough for safe qualification, did not need to be placed in Munich’s Olympic Stadium on Friday morning to determine the top twelve jumpers. The second German athlete Bianca Stichling (Leverkusen/1.83) was eliminated.
Javelin thrower Weber and Hoffman – Roller lost in the final
On the other hand, Julian Weber goes for his first major medal in the final (Sunday, 7.50 pm). The man from Mainz didn’t actually manage the required 83.50m in the rain, but confidently crossed it with 80.99m. Andreas Hoffmann (77.29 / Mannheim) also in the final. In difficult conditions, only Jakub Wadlech, who finished second at the Olympics and third at the World Championships, qualified better than Weber with a jump of 81.81m.
Rio Olympic champion and defending champion Thomas Röhler (Jenna) crashed out after a poor performance in the javelin throw qualifiers. The 30-year-old finished last in Group 1 with an unbeaten 71.31m. Roller, who has been plagued with injuries recently, last crossed the 80m mark in 2019. This season’s best performance is 72.51m. As the 2018 European Champion, he got a wild card for the European Championship held at the Olympic Stadium. German record holder Johannes Wetter (Offenburg) had to cancel his start at the European Championships due to injury.
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