Track and field athlete Nick Jäger greatly improved his best time in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the meeting in Oordegem. The result is also remarkable in Germany.
Oordegem - It meant something that the meeting speaker at the Putbos Stadium became aware of Nick Jäger at his finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase race and mentioned him by name. In the small circle near the Belgian village of Oordegem, big names do the honors every year at the IFAM (International Flanders Athletics Meeting).
Nick Jäger runs personal record in Oordegem
This year it was, among others, the Dutch Femke Bol, who shone in the 400 meter hurdles with 53.12 seconds, and the former 1500-meter European champion Henrik Ingebrigtsen (third in the 13 meters with 13:99.5000 minutes) from Norway. In the middle of the class field, Jäger delivered an exquisite performance, which was deservedly noticed.
Nick Jäger second in the 3000 meter steeplechase race
In the steeplechase race, the 23-year-old from Penzberg ran a personal best of 8:30.63 minutes and thus advanced into special dimensions. In 2016, exactly 8:30.00 minutes was considered the norm within the German Athletics Association (DLV) to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This year, the A-standard for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest for the 3000 meter steeplechase is 8:15.00 (the B-standard is 8:25.00).
But after all, Jäger would have been the third-best German in the discipline with his now run time last year according to the DLV leaderboard. The biology student beat his previous record by around nine seconds. Within the "Running Gags" training group, Jäger now holds the record previously held by Niklas Buchholz (8:31.92).
Nick Jäger improves his personal best by nine seconds
The A-race in Oordegem was characterized not least by a large field with 30 starters. However, Jäger was able to hold his own in the crowd at the beginning. The first kilometer was completed in about 2:50 minutes. At the beginning of the final round, "it got even faster," according to the "Running Gags" website. Jäger ran in a group of five behind the leading Swede Simon Sundstrøm.
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In the finish, the Penzberger prevailed against the competitors and almost came close to Sundstrøm (8:29.82). Third place went to Frenchman Valentin Bresc (8:31.07). By the way, Jäger did not receive any prize money, according to the "running gags". He would have had to run an 8:29 time to get something.
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From the DLV's point of view, 400-meter runner Manuel Sanders (LG Olympia Dortmund) impressed in Belgium with his winning time of 45.47 seconds. In a national comparison, only Ingo Schultz (20.45), Bastian Swillims and Patrick Schneider (both 06.45) have been faster in the last 44 years.