Successful completion of the European Athletics Championships for the German team. On the last evening of the competitions held as part of the European Championships, the women’s relay of the DLV secured gold in the 4×100 meters. Before that, javelin thrower Julian Weber had finally won his longed-for medal.
The German javelin thrower threw himself to the gold medal and thus succeeded Thomas Röhler, who won the title in Berlin four years ago. The 27-year-old from Mainz won the European Athletics Championships in Munich on Sunday with a jump of 87.66 meters and won his first international medal. Weber had missed a podium finish at the Olympic Games last year and most recently at the World Cup when he finished fourth.
“He really deserved it this year. He’s always been so close with fourth places and has thrown so consistently this year. We all wished for him so badly that he would win a medal. And he really, really deserves that,” said national coach Boris Obergföll.
Silver went to Olympic silver medalist and World Championship bronze medalist Jakub Vadlejch from the Czech Republic, who jumped 87.28 meters. The Finn Lassi Etelätalo won bronze with 86.44 meters. After his best attempt in the second round, Vadlejch was initially in front of Weber, who made the winning shot on the fourth attempt and made it the greatest success of his career. The second German finalist Andreas Hofmann from Mannheim, four years ago second at the European Championships, took eleventh place with 74.75 meters.
“It was so cool here. That was so much fun,” said Weber, who danced to the Vengaboys after the Czech’s last invalid attempt: “Up and down” – the song that fits his discipline, which he almost couldn’t have practiced on Sunday: ” Before the competition I didn’t think I could throw. The shoulder hurt, the back. I couldn’t interject at all. And then: gold. Insanity. I really wanted a medal, but I didn’t think it would be enough for gold. I was mentally stronger than ever. I really wanted it today.”
This also applied to the German men’s 4×100 meter relay. Maybe a little too much though. Kevin Kranz, Joshua Hartmann, Owen Ansah and Lucas Ansah Pepra were eliminated on Sunday evening at the Munich Olympic Stadium. The first change from Kranz to Hartmann was unsuccessful. In 37.97 seconds, the German quartet had improved the German record in the preliminary heat, the final ended bitterly. The title went to the relay team from Great Britain in 37.67 seconds ahead of France and Poland. With the lead time, the Germans would have finished third.
Things went much better for the women afterwards. Alexandra Burghardt, Lisa Mayer, Gina Lückenkemper and Rebekka Haase left Poland and Italy behind in the 4×100 meters in 42.34 seconds. After bronze at the World Championships, it is the second success in a row.
Tatjana Pinto took part in the World Championships, but the ailing sprinter was not used in the relay at the European Championships. For the individual European champion Lückenkemper, the success in the relay was the second title at these European Championships. Most recently, a German sprint relay won at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki.
“It’s absolutely crazy,” said Lückenkemper about the seventh German gold medal at this European Athletics Championships for the DLV: “I wouldn’t have thought it possible. It was so, so much fun. It was beautiful. Thank you, Munich!”