Joshua Hartmann in the EM semifinals
Angelika Warmuth / dpa
Joshua Hartmann was the first German since 1986 to qualify for a European Championship final over 200 meters at the European Championships.
In his semi-final, the man from Cologne took second place and also set a personal best of 20.33 seconds.
Only three runners were faster.
"I have to make sure I get to bed quickly," said Hartmann exhausted on ARD, it was "not easy to run" on the rain-soaked track in the Olympic Stadium, but in the final "everything was possible." Alexandra reached the women's Burghardt (Burghausen) entered the final on Friday (10:22 p.m.) as one of the two fastest times with a time of 23.05.
Hartmann finished second behind Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain), the European runner-up over 100 m ran the best time of the three semi-finals with 20.19.
Owan Ansah (Hamburg) finished fourth in his run (20.48) and missed the final.
Robin Erewa (Wattenscheid/21.12) had already been eliminated in the preliminary heat.
Most recently, 36 years ago, German sprinters were in a European Championship final over half a stadium lap.
Back then, Jürgen Evers won silver for the Federal Republic in Stuttgart, Thomas Schröder, Olaf Prenzler and Frank Emmelmann were there for the GDR.
Jessica-Bianca Wessolly, on the other hand, was eliminated from the women's race, as was Corinna Schwab, who was considered a medal contender and who disappointed in fifth place in her semifinals with a weak 23.44.
"I don't know what it's all about, actually everything went well in training," she said.