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Eight stitches after the gold triumph: Gina Lückenkemper had to go to the hospital after the European title

2022-08-18T03:30:12.913Z

Eight stitches after the gold triumph: Gina Lückenkemper had to go to the hospital after the European title Created: 08/18/2022 05:21 Big evening for German athletics: Niklas Kaul and Gina Lückenkemper win European Championship gold. The triumph was painful for the sprinter. Update from August 17, 10:11 a.m .: Gina Lückenkemper wins EM gold over 100 meters – very few expected that. Neither does



Eight stitches after the gold triumph: Gina Lückenkemper had to go to the hospital after the European title

Created: 08/18/2022 05:21

Big evening for German athletics: Niklas Kaul and Gina Lückenkemper win European Championship gold.

The triumph was painful for the sprinter.

Update from August 17, 10:11 a.m .:

Gina Lückenkemper wins EM gold over 100 meters – very few expected that.

Neither does she herself.

It doesn't matter that the triumph was also associated with pain: After her brilliant final sprint, she stumbled behind the finish line, fell and injured her right thigh.

The wound had to be stitched up the same day.

Late on Tuesday evening, the 25-year-old went to the hospital.

"I don't know exactly where the wound came from.

Whether from the fall or something else.

But I am fine!

I'm overjoyed and can't quite believe it yet," she said at 1.10 a.m. on her arrival at the Munich team hotel, where she was greeted with great cheering by the rest of the German team.

Triumph, jubilation and then eight stitches - what an evening for Gina Lückenkemper!

European Championships: Gold for Germany!

Gina Lückenkemper and Niklas Kaul triumph

First report from August 17th:

Munich – After only two days of competition, the European Athletics Championships are the emotional highlight of the season, to which many German athletes had previously declared it.

About a month after the mood slump at the World Championships in the USA, 40,000 fans celebrated a party on Tuesday evening in Munich's Olympic Stadium, inspired by the great performances of the host team, who won two titles and four medals.

Gina Lückenkemper can hardly believe her luck: gold over 10 meters.

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Sprint queen: The great home atmosphere inspired Gina Lückenkemper in 2018 in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, when she sprinted over 100 meters in second place.

This time the 25-year-old was even crowned European Champion in a centimeter decision.

In the semi-finals, the left thigh was taped and participation in the final was temporarily uncertain, as Lückenkemper reported.

Then she had to be stitched up after her fall to the gold in the finish because of a bleeding wound on her leg.

"I'll need a little more time to process it all," said Lückenkemper on ARD before going to the hospital.

Decathlon king: On the second day of the decathlon, Niklas Kaul had lost faith in European Championship gold.

Even during the high jump, the man from Mainz thought there was no longer a chance of winning the title.

"After the afternoon nap, I said to myself: If the gold chance is gone, I'll at least do a show for all spectators in the last two disciplines," said the 24-year-old world champion from 2019. With the javelin throw over 76.05 meters and a 1500 meter run in a best time of 4:10.04 minutes, Kaul still managed to win the title with 8545 points.

"It's the emotionally more important title for me," he said in comparison to the World Cup triumph.

European Championships: Two more medals for Germany

Discus doubles: Kristin Pudenz, who came second at the Olympics, celebrated her personal best in discus throwing silver, while Claudine Vita contributed another medal for the German team with bronze.

"European Championship silver in front of such an audience - that will definitely stay in your memory forever," said the 29-year-old, who threw the discus 67.87 meters.

Only eight centimeters were missing to stop Croatia's Sandra Perkovic from winning the European Championship.

"It annoyed me at first," admitted Pudenz.

"But I threw the best performance, it doesn't get any better than that.

Of course, these eight centimeters - next time stop."

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The 25-year-old Vita was happy about the bronze medal with the season's best distance of 65.20 meters.

"A medal was definitely my goal and I'm happy that it worked out," said Eugene, fifth at the World Championships.

"With all the finals, it was an unbelievable evening." On Thursday evening, Germany has its next chance at gold in the long jump final.

Source: merkur

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