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European Athletics Championships - 200m: Joshua Hartmann is the first German to reach the European Championship final since 1986


Despite the rain-soaked track, sprinter Joshua Hartmann managed a small sensation at the home European Championships in Munich. Alexandra Burghardt also surprisingly reached the final.

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Joshua Hartmann in the EM semifinals


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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.


Source: spiegel

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