Frankfurt / Main (dpa) - Today the European Athletics Championships would have started in Paris - as a post-Olympic event with so many medal chances for the German aces. The corona crisis, however, has mixed up almost everything.
And yet: some athletes like Johannes Vetter, Malaika Mihambo, Bo Kanda Lita Baehre and Deniz Almas are in such good shape that they would have been among the favorites at the European Championships.
The two German Olympic champions from Rio 2016, javelin thrower Thomas Röhler and discus thrower Christoph Harting, on the other hand, more or less skipped this outdoor season. Decathlon world champion Niklas Kaul is also concentrating on preparation for Tokyo 2021 after an elbow operation. World Cup thirds Konstanze Klosterhalfen (5000 meters) and Gesa Krause (3000 meters obstacle) are fighting with injuries and weaknesses in shape.
But others shine with the limited competition options:
Bo Kanda Lita Baehre: The pole vaulter overcame 5.81 meters at the home meeting in Leverkusen - personal best. “If the knee holds, I plan to start at the Diamond League meeting in Rome and finally at the Istaf in Berlin. These are the two top competitions for me this year. I still really want to jump high, ”says the fourth place in the World Cup from Doha and German champions. Former world champion Raphael Holzdeppe, the 21-year-old has surpassed the rank.
Deniz Almas: The sprint discovery of the season leads the European best list over 100 meters with 10.08 seconds. The native of the Black Forest calls himself “Turbo Turk” - the father is Turkish, the mother German. The 23-year-old from VfL Wolfsburg convinced as the German champion and wants to continue to recommend himself for the Olympic relay next year.
Johannes Vetter: At 91.49 meters from Turku / Finland, the Offenburger is the international number one javelin thrower. In addition, the 2017 world champion stood out as a critic of those colleagues who were absent from the German championships in Braunschweig without a spectator: “There are some who are still lively competitions before and after the championships - but they do not show up at the German championships. »
Malaika Mihambo: The long jump world champion and "Sportswoman of the year" started in Braunschweig. With a shortened run-up, the 26-year-old from the LG Kurpfalz only reached 6.71 meters and was confident on the board. Nobody has reached the seven meters this summer, and Mihambo would have been a gold candidate for Paris. At other meetings she started over 100 meters to increase her approach speed.
Elena Burkard: The student from LG farbtex Nordschwarzwald runs a little under the radar, but: The versatile endurance specialist in Braunschweig put serial winner Gesa Krause on over 3000 meters so that she gave up. And in Europe it is currently number three with a time of 9: 50.31 minutes.
Carolin Schäfer: The 2017 vice world champion won the heptathlon championships in Vaterstetten with a moderate 6319 points. This puts the Frankfurt-based woman in second place in the world's best list behind the Ukrainian Alina Shukh (6386). She has been training with the parents of world champion Niklas Kaul since last year and is hoping for a boost with a view to the Olympics in 2021. "We get along incredibly well, we have a lot of dynamism in the group, everything is going well," she said of her new team in Mainz.
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