Long jump ace Malaika Mihambo jumps out of the training unchallenged for the next German championship title. Other highlights include Gina Lückenkemper and Kristin Pudenz.

On a warm summer evening, Malaika Mihambo received the deserved applause from the track and field fans in the Olympic Stadium. Led by the defending champion, several German World Cup hopefuls gained self-confidence for the upcoming world title fights at the national championships in Berlin.

World champion and Olympic champion Mihambo jumped a good 6.85 meters in Berlin and was the best in Germany for the sixth time. Gina Lückenkemper also shone on Saturday with a 100-meter sprint in under eleven seconds, as did discus thrower Kristin Pudenz, who is one of the medal candidates at the World Championships from July 15 in Eugene, USA. Another highlight will follow on August 15 with the European Championships at home in Munich.

Mihambo still sees a lot of potential

Mihambo was happy with the win but still sees a lot of potential. “Of course there was more today. Not everything worked together in the details, »she explained on ZDF. “I know the form is very good. Unfortunately I didn’t get it on the board. I’ll definitely work out the last bit.”

Before the start, she had indicated that she would be competing out of full practice. The 28-year-old from LG Kurpfalz, who has already jumped 7.09 meters this year, also had to recover from a minor knee injury. In the third attempt she managed to win in front of a few thousand spectators.

In the men’s race, Fabian Heinle secured the title for the fifth time. The 28-year-old from Stuttgart won with 7.81 meters. The 2018 European Championship runner-up successfully defended his title from the previous year, but clearly missed the norms for the World Cup and European Championship this summer. Maximilian Entholzner from Passau missed his second success after 2020. The German best of the year was third with 7.52 meters behind Oliver Koletzko from Wiesbaden, who jumped five centimeters further. Decathlete Kai Kazmirek came in eighth with 7.18 meters.

Lückenkemper under 11 seconds

Four years after silver at the European Championships on the blue track in the Olympic Stadium, Lückenkemper, who had been slowed down for a long time by injuries and pitfalls of the corona pandemic, really got going again. Her winning time of 10.99 seconds was also satisfaction for the 25-year-old Westphalian in difficult phases. According to her own statements, she experienced massive insults and hostility on social media.

“The worst thing was that in society, someone who was on the ground was more likely to be stepped on than a helping hand came,” said the athlete from SCC Berlin in ZDF’s “Aktuelles Sportstudio”. “Social media is both a curse and a blessing, it was a curse for me two years ago,” she reported, but emphasized: “I always had the feeling that I had done everything right.”

Christoph Harting missed the podium

Previously, Pudenz threw the discus to a personal best of 67.10 meters and, after winning the Olympic silver in Tokyo last year, underlined her entitlement to a medal at the World Championships as well. Shanice Craft (64.64), Julia Harting (64.34) and Claudine Vita (63.36) competed powerfully with Pudenz in a high-class competition.

In the men’s competition, six years after his Olympic victory in Rio, Christoph Harting failed to turn things around for the better and only finished fourth with 59.91 meters. Magdeburg’s Martin Wierig won his second title with 64.25 meters.

In the high jump Mateusz Przybylko reported back four years after the European title at the same place and jumped 2.30 meters. Defending champion Tobias Potye also managed to do this, and he also achieved the EM standard. Pole vaulter Bo Kanda Lita Baehre also impressed with a jump of 5.90 meters on Saturday. Javelin thrower Julian Weber won with a good 86.61 meters.

For other top performers like Weber’s rival Johannes Vetter, who injured his shoulder, it’s now up to the first international highlight of the season in just under three weeks to get fit enough. Long-distance ace Konstanze Klosterhalfen, obstacle runner Gesa Krause, javelin thrower Christin Hussong and sprinter and bobsleigh Olympic silver medalist Alexandra Burghardt are also German hopefuls in the US state of Oregon.