After the thriller in the final: Mihambo missed EM gold in the Olympic Stadium - Munich high jumper won silver
Created: 08/19/2022, 05:12
By: Patrick Mayer
Medal in Munich: long jumper Malaika Mihambo at the European Championships.
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She just missed gold: Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo secured European silver in the long jump at the European Championships in Munich.
A Serbian jumps on.
A local hero also wins silver.
Munich – long jump world champion Malaika Mihambo has lost her European title.
The Olympic champion had to admit defeat at the European Championships in Munich's Olympic Stadium with 7.03 m by Serbian Ivana Vuleta (7.06), bronze went to Jazmin Sawyers from Great Britain (6.80) on Thursday evening.
European Championships in Munich: Malaika Mihambo won long jump silver in Munich
After her triumph at the World Cup in Eugene in July, Mihambo was infected with Corona and only last week gave the green light to start at the European Championships in Munich.
Despite her COVID-19 illness, she was considered the top favorite for EM gold.
After all, the 28-year-old had been unbeaten at major outdoor events since her 2018 European Championship triumph in Berlin.
"Unfortunately, luck was a bit lacking," said the Heidelberger at the stadium microphone.
Nevertheless, second place is a reason “to celebrate.
Thank you Munich.”
Unfortunately, luck was a bit lacking.
Long jumper Malaika Mihambo in Munich
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For the first time since the beginning of athletics, it had poured heavily in the evening in the Olympic Stadium in Oberwiesenfeld. The heavy rain then eased off, but an unpleasant and changing wind blew.
Mihambo didn't get along with it that well, her rhythm in the run-up didn't allow for a counterattack anymore.
Not even in “her” last attempt, in which she had already won many competitions.
The second German starter Merle Homeier (Göttingen) took ninth place with 6.42 m.
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European Championships: Munich Tobias Potye wins high jump silver
Just a few moments before Mihambo's silver medal, Munich's local hero Tobias Potye surprisingly won silver in the high jump.
The 27-year-old jumped 2.27 m and celebrated the biggest success of his career - and of all places in the Olympic Stadium in his hometown.
EM silver in the high jump: Tobias Potye from Munich.
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Gold went to Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy with 2.30 m. Bronze went to the Ukrainian Andrij Prozenko, who, like Potye, managed 2.27 m - but made two failed attempts at 2.23.
Defending champion Mateusz Przybylko (Leverkusen) was sixth this time with 2.23 m.
Jonas Wagner (Dresden) already failed at the initial height of 2.18 m.
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