When it was his turn, there was no stopping him: Simon Henseleit delivered an extremely strong performance in the triathlon mixed relay.
In the end he won EM silver.
Munich – Laura Lindemann cheered on her last few meters, animated the audience, which was almost impossible to hold anyway.
Simon Henseleit was standing behind the finish line - smiling happily.
He clapped his hands two or three times, but remained calm on the outside.
When Lindemann crossed the finish line, there was movement in the Steingadener - together with Nina Eim and Valentin Wernz standing next to him, the "La Ola wave".
The quartet actually did it: The mixed relay had won the silver medal for Germany at the "European Championships".
Simon Henseleit wins EM silver in mixed relay
The German triathletes won the silver medal behind the French team, who also started the race as the top favourite.
A dream came true for Henseleit (22), after all, the Upper Bavarian is a real local hero at the “European Championships” in Munich.
Simon Henseleit delivers a strong performance
The DTU squad athlete delivered an extremely strong performance in his part (300 meters swimming/7.2 kilometers cycling/1.6 kilometers running) and brought Germany from third to second place.
He was pushed not least by the audience, who frenetically cheered on the "local hero".
"That was great.
Crazy,” said Henseleit about the atmosphere on the track.
The athletes who had been in action the previous days had already reported that it was "almost too loud".
Henseleit liked it: This noise level "was really cool".
The two men in the German relay - Valentin Wernz was called up alongside Henseleit - did not start in the individual on Saturday.
A smart move, as it turned out.
"It was worth a lot that we were rested," said Henseleit, looking at the challenging course.
"Many thanks to the DTU for giving us the chance." The man from Steingaden definitely justified the trust placed in him.
For Valentin Wernz, things didn't go as planned as a starter.
He handed over to Nina Eim, 43 seconds behind Switzerland, who was initially in the lead.
At this point, Germany was in seventh place.
Eim, who had shone fourth on Friday, brought Germany into third position.
When Eim finally put Henseleit on the line, Germany was 51 seconds behind the leading French.
In between, 15 seconds ahead of Germany, was Switzerland.
Simon Henseleit lags behind Simon Westermann in running
In swimming, Simon Henseleit made up a few meters on the Swiss Simon Westermann.
The Frenchman Dorian Coninx, who had won the individual bronze on Saturday, ran in front.
In the first lap of the bike, Henseleit caught up with Westermann.
Both went in pursuit of the French.
When it came to running, the chasing duo was 38 seconds behind.
In running, Henseleit then distanced the Swiss, lying in second position, the Steingadener handed over to Lindemann.
Germany was 49 seconds behind France and three seconds ahead of Switzerland.
Lindemann, silver medalist in the individual on Friday, then made the silver medal perfect.
She sat down from the Swiss Julie Derron.
The German crossed the finish line 33 seconds behind the French Cassandre Beaugrand.
Switzerland (49 seconds back) won bronze.
Belgium (+1:31 minutes) and Spain (+1:32) finished fourth and fifth.